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Disambiguation: Diacritic.

An accent is a manner of pronunciation of a language. It is a distinct form of pronunciation associated with a country, region, area or social class.

Different accents can have prestige, which may vary between different groups.

Accents can be confused with dialects which are varieties of language differing in vocabulary, syntax, and morphology, as well as pronunciation. Dialects are usually spoken by a group united by geography or social status.

People occasionally make the claim "I don’t have an accent." What they presumably mean is "I don’t have an identifiable regional accent" - which is not quite the same thing. Everybody has an accent of some type - even if that accent is Received Pronunciation or general American.

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