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Umlaut may refer to:

Language and writing[edit]

  • 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)
  • The diacritic ¨, called either an umlaut or a diaeresis depending on which phonological phenomenon it indicates
  • Metal umlaut, used in names of heavy metal or hard rock bands for visual rather than phonetic effect

Other uses[edit]