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Tom wrote:

I thought the umlaut was a specific type of such a mark and that there
were quite a few different markings, and in different languages, that
could change the way a letter sounds?

Diacritical marks are used for lots of different purposes in different
languages though the marks themselves have often been copied from other
languages. The diaeresis was first used for Greek, to show that a vowel
was pronounced separately and not part of a diphthong; this was later
applied to French for the same purpose (hence “naïve”), but the same
mark was later applied to German for umlaut, which was originally shown
by means of a small 〈e〉 over the letter. Just easier to write, I

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