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Alexander, Louis George (1932–2002), language teacher and author, was born Elias George Ftyaras on 15 January 1932 at 116 Sutherland Avenue, Maida Vale, London, the son of George Elias Ftyaras (b. c.1909), a Greek doctor who settled permanently in England, and his wife, ...

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Palmer, Harold Edward (1877–1949), linguist and teacher of languages, was born on 6 March 1877 at 63 Wornington Road, North Kensington, London, the elder child of Edward Palmer (b. 1853), schoolmaster and (from 1890) newspaper proprietor, and his wife, Minnie, née Frostick (...

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Palsgrave, John (d. 1554), teacher and scholar of languages, was born in London. The identity of his parents is unknown, though Palsgrave was evidently close to his mother, his provision for her being mentioned in the state papers in 1529. He is first recorded at the end of 1503 as a student at ...

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Smart, Benjamin Humphrey [pseud. Francis Drake] (bap. 1787, d. 1872), elocutionist and grammarian, was born at Princes Street, Leicester Square, London, and was baptized on 1 March 1787 at St Anne's, Soho, London, the eldest son of Benjamin Smart (1757–1833), citizen and goldsmith of ...

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John Walker (1732–1807) by Henry Ashby, 1802 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Walker, John (1732–1807), elocutionist, orthoepist, and lexicographer, was born on 18 March 1732 at Colney Heath, a hamlet in the parish of Friern Barnet, Middlesex, on the eastern side of Finchley Common. Nothing is known about his father, except that he died when ...