Sunday, August 19, 2007

Being diacritical

The diaeresis is a diacritical mark used to indicate that the second vowel in a pair should be pronounced as a separate syllable.

Words like naïve and
coöperate, and names like Chloë and Zoë are examples.

So why is No
ël Coward's name spelled Noël, when it's pronounced "Nole"?

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