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Umlaut may refer to:

Language and writing[edit]

  • Umlaut (diacritic), a diacritical mark that consists of two dots ( ¨ ) placed over a letter
    • Metal umlaut, used in names of heavy metal or hard rock bands for visual rather than phonetic effect
  • Umlaut (linguistics), a sound change where a vowel was modified to conform more closely to the vowel in the next syllable; in particular:
    • I-mutation, a specific type of umlaut triggered by a following high front vowel; in particular:
      • Germanic umlaut, a prominent instance of i-mutation in the history of the Germanic languages
        • Umlaut vowel, any front rounded vowel (because such vowels appeared in the Germanic languages as a result of Germanic umlaut)
  • Two dots (diacritic), the "two side-by-side dots" diacritic, sometimes called an "umlaut", despite its having further linguistic uses, such as diaeresis and schwa.

Other uses[edit]