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Not an umlaut

Postby carlopanno » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:12 am

In the current answers regarding Aïda and Thaïs, Ken referred to the two dots over the i's as "umlauts." Although they look EXACTLY ALIKE UMLAUTS, they are actually a different mark called a "diaeresis" which indicates that the second consecutive vowel in a word is in a new syllable.

Just thought I'd mention it.

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Re: Not an umlaut

Postby Ken Jennings » Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:45 pm

In my defense, I actually didn't refer to them as umlauts, because I am good citizen of the world who knows the difference. I did joke that Egypt is not normally a part of the world associated with umlauts, and stand by my story on this account. (The joke wouldn't really have worked with "diareses" or whatever the plural of diaresis is.)
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