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What is the tilde in Breton?

I read about a Breton family winning a court battle to keep the tilde on their son’s Breton name Fañch. In Spanish, this alters the sound of the letter N. What does it do in Breton?  S.B.

25 December 2019
By Oliver Rowland

In Breton, this accent usually “nasalises” the preceding vowel so the sound is placed more in the nose.

The parents of the child told Le Télégramme the name sounds, with Breton pronunciation, like planche (with a nasal n) but without the accent the vowel would sound like an open “O” as in Octobre (or as it might be pronounced with an English accent).

 

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