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Diakritische Zeichen is a term covering trema, any kind of accent, cedille and other letter "ornamentation" without the letter itself.


If you see them on the names of heavy metal bands (Motörhead) who only want to look exotic, these are called rock dots. Edit: In German these are called Heavy-Metal-Umlaut according to Wikipedia. Also rock dots can be written as röck döts.


To be absolutely accurate, “Umlaut” is a technical term for the phonological/historical process which transforms - for example - /u/ to /y/. This is the only meaning recognised in the standard dictionaries (DWB, DWDS, Duden). The two dots on top of some letters are properly called “Pünktchen”. Compare this: http://www.dwds.de/?view=1&qu=Umlaut and this: ...


Multiple questions, multiple answers: In English, the sounds like a, e, i, o, u are called vowel sounds. Erm, technically true, but you’re forgetting y. And there are a lot more vowel sounds that just the five ‘standard’ ones. There are some twenty different vowel sounds in English if you include diphthongs (and there’s no real reason not to). I ...


The result of the dots, so the letter with the dots on it, is an Umlaut – literally a “resounding” – of the vowel. The dots themselves are commonly known as ä/ö/ü-Striche (or Strichelchen), depending on what word you have in mind. That’s what we, including the teachers, used in school. The term umlaut only came to my attention once I started having contact ...


In English the sign is called umlaut. In German is Umlaut or Trema. ö is then o mit Umlaut. Similar for the other two vowels.

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