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Re: Real language questions

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 9, 2001, 4:03
Tom Wier wrote:
> >> Another one for the team: dieresis is also spelled diaeresis. > >I've always seen the latter used.
I picked up the word from 19th and early 20th C. Dutch Indonesianist literature, and recall seeing both spellings _there_, and I think in English work too. Of course, we could call it _trema_ .... In any case, it was used a lot in describing Ind. languages, mostly to indicate glottal stop e.g. aä [a?a]. Also, since many Dutch writers perversely refused for a long time to use"u" for [u], preferring instead "oe", it was how they distinguished /oe/ "oë" from /u/. Frequent omission by the typesetters/proofreaders makes wordlists of the era a little difficult to interpret.