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Re: OT: pronunciation question

From:Jean-François Colson <bn130627@...>
Date:Friday, December 5, 2003, 18:00
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From: "Christophe Grandsire" <christophe.grandsire@...>
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Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2003 10:26 PM
Subject: Re: OT: pronunciation question

> En réponse à Jean-François Colson : > > > >That's right, but in Belgium there's a town (near Mons) named
> >and I've always heard it pronounced [sE~gilE~]. Is that an old or an > >alternative pronunciation? > > Alternative. Today I even heard my French colleague (who comes from Lille) > talking about a cousin of his called [gilE~]. I knew this pronunciation > existed, but hadn't heard it for real until today. Talk about > synchronicity! ;)) >
A quarter of an hour is enough to go from Lille (France) to Tournai (Belgium). Should /gilE~/ be more common in Belgium and /ZislE~/ more common in France? After all Lille (Rijsel in Dutch) has been a part of the Netherlands during the Middle-Age and Dutch is still spoken in the Northern half of Belgium and a bit in France near the border. 12 years ago I had a Teacher in Belgium whose family name was Ghislain /gilE~/. 3 years ago in the Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis (UVHC, in France) there was a student whose family name was Ghislain /ZislE~/. Jean-François Colson


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>