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MJR> I admit that [njE] feels more natural than [nje], but why then put an
MJR> acute there?

N.B. I realize that the acute is there to keep the <ie> from
representing /i/ . . . but it seems that if the intent were [njE]
instead of [nje], that it should be a grave.

The name came up in the context of of Nicéphore Niépce, one of the
main contenders for the title of "inventor of photography".

-Mark