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Bug#822278: espeak: not speaking german "umlaute" encoded with U+0308 COMBINING DIAERESIS correctly

Package: espeak
Version: 1.48.04+dfsg-1
Severity: important


I am using espeak a lot to hear text instead of reading it. Today i came across a 
problem that i have never heard before:

The german Umlaute (äöü) where spoken as (aou).

I then took a closer look and found out that in the text i was "reading" they 
weren't encoded the usual way (U+00E4, U+00F6, U+00FC) but with the usage of
U+0308 COMBINING DIAERESIS. (U+0061 and U+0308)

that leaded into not right pronouncing of this letters.

I would appreciate if you could fix that issue so that we would hear this 
things pronounced the right way.

thanks in advance


-- System Information:
Debian Release: 8.4
  APT prefers stable-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'stable-updates'), (500, 'oldoldstable'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.2.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=de_DE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages espeak depends on:
ii  libc6       2.19-18+deb8u4
ii  libespeak1  1.48.04+dfsg-1
ii  libgcc1     1:4.9.2-10
ii  libstdc++6  4.9.2-10

espeak recommends no packages.

espeak suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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