Dieresis

Entertainment / Literature / Dieresis: (also called an umlaut) A diacritic mark (¨) to show that vowels represent sounds of different quality--Algeo provides German Brüder (brothers') and Bruder (brother') as an example (316). In English, this marking indicates that the second of two vowels is pronounced separately from the earlier vowel. For instance, cooperate is pronounced as four syllables, not three, and the dieresis helps indicate this.

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