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Brian wrote:

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

Not quite. “Umlaut” is not a character or a mark but the linguistic
phenomenon whereby a vowel sound changes under the influence of another
vowel (e.g. Haus > Häuser). In German this is marked by a diaeresis (the
two dots), called “trema” in German. Calling the symbol “an umlaut” is a

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