En réponse à Jean-François Colson : >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. According to Vincent (my colleague), his grandfather spoke Dutch when he was a child. It's when going to school that he was obliged to speak French only. French education has never been nice with people who don't speak French :((( . >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~/. It seems indeed that those two pronunciations are a Belgium/France thing :)) . Funny for a name I thought had a Breton origin :)) . Christophe Grandsire. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.