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a printed sign, formed of two dots printed above a vowel (ë)

COMMENT: In English the diaeresis is now uncommon, but was used in words such as ‘naïve’ and ‘coördinate’ to show that the two vowels were pronounced separately and not as a diphthong; it is still used in many European languages and indicates a change in pronunciation of a vowel. In German it is called the umlaut.



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