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gisho wrote in metaquotes
wrathfulenglish blämës Blue Öyster Cult:

Ümläüts ärë nöt thë tëxtüäl ëquïvälënt öf sëäsönïng. Yöü cännöt sprïnklë thëm ät rändöm thröüghöüt yöür wrïtïng för "flävör." Härd tö bëlïëvë thöügh ït mäy sëëm, thë hümblë ümläüt äctüälly sërvës ä typögräphïcäl pürpöse, dënötïng ä chängë ïn prönüncïätïön. Ït ïs nöt whät lëttërs püt ön whën thëy wänt tö löök "fäncy."

För ëxträ crëdït, ättëmpt tö säy thïs pöst öüt löüd, phönëtïcälly.


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RöCKDöTS!

BTW, how, or even whether, it changes the pronunciation depends on the language. In German, it pushes the vowel towards the front of the mouth without changing rounding (and so cannot be added to already unrounded front vowels like I or E). In Albanian and some other languages ë stands for the schwa sound. In French and several other languages (including, occasionally, English), the same symbol is used to mark diæresis: showing that there is a syllable break before the marked vowel and that it does not join with the preceding vowel as a digraph.

It's sad that it's fallen out of favour in English (at least as a diaeresis mark, rather than a decorative umlaut). 'Coöperation' is so much clearer than 'cooperation', and cleaner than 'co-operation'. And, I wouldn't have spent 20 years mispronouncing dais if I'd ever seen it spelt daïs before finally HEARING it pronounced.

Actually, I'm pretty sure it hasn't fallen out of so much as come into favor. Especially since hyphens used to be used much more often than they are now. I've seen coöperation used in The New Yorker recently. (To be honest, though, I'm really not fond of it, because I dislike hyphen snobbery.)

It has fallen out of favor. It used to be much, much more common. The New Yorker is one of the few publications that actually continues to use it.

Edited at 2009-02-15 11:33 pm (UTC)

And does so purely out of snobbery, ironically.

diæresis: showing that there is a syllable break before the marked vowel and that it does not join with the preceding vowel as a digraph

Thank you kind sir or madam. I always wondered how to say that.

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