Accents on vowels lengthen them; on d and t they are softening marks.
- A„L_i)4'(x„1_i), Ag5'(xm); the accents denoting the first differential coefficient.
2, we obtain lap, bq, cr} 2 2= 2 t(lp+mq+nr)/(l-1-m+n)} 2, the accents being dropped, and p, q, r regarded as current co-ordinates.
Their long lists of the occurrences of words and forms fixed with accuracy the present (Masoretic) text, which they had produced, and were invaluable to subsequent lexicographers, while their system of vowel-points and accents not only gives us the pronunciation and manner of reading traditional about the 7th century A.D., but frequently serves also the purpose of an explanatory commentary.
By means of six accents, one bar and a crotchet it is possible to note with sufficient precision the indications of tone without which the Annamese words have no sense for the natives.