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Glyph: ẅ Name: wdieresis Unicode: 1E85

Latin Small Letter w with Dieresis

2018-02-26 Week 9/2018 posted by RFI

'ẅ' might, very rarely, occur in Welsh, where w is a vowel. The dieresis is used the same way as in English, to indicate that a vowel is structurally and phonetically separate from adjacent letters with which it would otherwise form a diphtong or other multi-letter phoneme. Examples in English are "naïve" (not a diphtong), "Brontë" (not a silent e) and "coöperation" (not a simple word; antiquated).

Aside from the dieresis, Welsh also uses the circumflex (most prominently and regularly) and the grave and acute accents (only ocassionally for stress markings). All vowels, i.e. A, E, I, O, U, W and Y, are available with all these diacritics.

[Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Stylized train station building.]

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