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Why is the feminine of Herzog Herzogin and not Herzögin (like Gräfin)?

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    I'd be very surprised if there were any hard and fast rule for it, although I admit that a and u frequently change to ä and ü respectively: Rätin, Ärztin, Hündin, Füchsin. Most google search results for Herzögin come from 17-19th century documents, so it might be an ancient variant of Herzogin. – Stef Jun 12 '20 at 19:19
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    Related, in German: german.stackexchange.com/questions/56849/… – David Vogt Jun 12 '20 at 20:23
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    other 'exceptions': Autorin, Gemahlin, Vogtin (Vögtin also possible), Zypriotin – Stef Jun 12 '20 at 20:49
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According to Wiktionary "...umlaut usually occurs in monosyllables, but rarely in polysyllables", which fits the examples given. This is German though, so there are no rules without exceptions.

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