En réponse à Muke Tever : >michael poxon <[log in to unmask]> wrote (re "NiÃ©pce") >>To me the name looks vaguely Slavonic. Maybe an emigre from the East? > >Odd, from here it looks pretty clearly like a Romance word for "niece" (L >neptia), tho I'm not sure that'd see much use as a surname. In French it's "nièce" (where do you think you got the word from? :)) ). Indeed, "Niepce" could be an archaic spelling due to its use as last name (in which case I'd expect it to be pronounced [njEs]). But I'd still expect it to be written "Niepce" or "Nièpce". The acute accent doesn't belong there. Christophe Grandsire. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.