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At 00:56 13/03/2012 -0400, Doug McGarrett wrote:
The "absolutely" correct spelling of the word naïve has the two dots, known in English as a dieresis, or in German as an Umlaut, indicating a change in sound, rather than a diphthong.

For what it's worth, the German for "diaeresis" appears to be "Trema". The umlaut looks the same, but it's a different mark: it is an accent, whereas the diaeresis is (as you describe) also a diacritic but not an accent.

Brian Barker

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