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Re: Umlaut

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Thursday, June 19, 2003, 20:24
Quick terminology question:

I thought umlaut was a specific variety of ablaut - a consistent featural
change.  But it doesn't seem to be; in German, for instance, while umlaut
does always move a vowel from back to front, it has an inconsistent
effect on the height: ä [e] is higher than a [A]; ö [9] is lower than o [o],
while ü [y] is the same height as u.  Is there some other consistency here
that I'm missing?  Is the effect perhaps consistent for a given
vowel across languages that exhibit umlaut?



Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>