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An Introduction to Diæresis

Diæresis consists in two variant modes:

  1. The marking of distinct syllablesOpens in new window where two vowelsOpens in new window come toghether, which would otherwise be pronounced as a diphthongOpens in new window; this is indicated by two dots over the second vowel, as in: preëminent, aërial. In other words, it is the pronouncing of two successive vowels as separate sounds.
  2. The division of a subject into subheadings. This consists in amplifying a general fact or idea by presenting all the details—its component parts; division of a subject into adjuncts, cause into effects, antecedent into consequents.
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