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Re: OT: pronunciation question

From:Remi Villatel <maxilys@...>
Date:Sunday, November 30, 2003, 2:20
Mark J. Reed wrote:

> I've recently encountered in written form a new name, apparently > popular among male French Canadians, which I have never heard > pronounced. It is spelled "Ghyslain", and from what little I know > of French orthography I would guess it is pronounced as CXS > [giz'l&~], but if someone who actually knows could confirm or correct > that, I'd appreciate it.
Je dirais plutôt [ZislE~]... (Cough!) ;-) I'd rather say [ZislE~] where [E~] represents the sound you can found in french words like "fin" [fE~], "brun" [bRE~], "vain" [vE~], "vingt" [vE~] or "à-jeun" [&:jE~]. (That's all the orthographies for [E~].) The official IPA char for [E~] is Epsilon (U+025b) with a tilde over it. In France Ghislain (with an "i") and its feminine form Ghislaine [ZislEn] are quite old-fashioned. But the Canadians and the Quebecers like to keep alive some french traditions. I guess they pronounce it with an american accent: [dZIsleIn]. See ya, ===================== Remi Villatel =====================


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Jean-François Colson <bn130627@...>