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Armstrong, Lilias Eveline (1882–1937), phonetician, born on 29 September 1882 at 152 Eccles New Road, Pendlebury, near Manchester, was the daughter of James William Armstrong, Free Methodist church minister, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Armstrong, née Hunter. On 24 September 1926, at the ...

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Burchfield, Robert William (1923–2004), lexicographer, was born on 27 January 1923 at 58 Pitt Street, Wanganui, New Zealand, the younger son of Frederick Burchfield (1891–1979), formerly a coalminer and subsequently an electricity company employee, and his wife, Mary Lauder, née Blair (1894–1974). His father was born in the village of ...

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Bythner, Victorinus (c. 1605–c. 1670), grammarian and university teacher, was born at Głębowicach in the Sandomierz district of south-eastern Poland, one of several sons of Bartholomäus Bythner (1559/60–1629), a Catholic theologian of Calvinistic beliefs and the author of several influential works highly regarded by European Catholics and protestants alike. The ...

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Corder, Stephen Pit (1918–1990), linguistic scholar, was born on 6 October 1918, at 4 Bootham Terrace, York, the second of the two sons of Philip Corder (b. 1885), schoolmaster, and his wife, Johanna Adriana van der Mersch (b. 1887). His father was English and his mother Dutch. ...

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Firth, John Rupert (1890–1960), linguistic scholar, was born on 17 June 1890 at Keighley, Yorkshire, the elder son of William Firth, bookkeeper, and his wife, Frances Elizabeth Waller.

John Rupert Firth was educated at Keighley grammar school and the University of Leeds, where he obtained first-class honours in history (1911) and took his MA degree in 1913. He married ...

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Murray, Hilda Mary Emily Ada Ruthven (1875–1951), philologist and literary scholar, was born on 17 November 1875 at Hammer's Lane, Mill Hill, London, the fifth child and eldest daughter of the lexicographer Sir James Murray (1837–1915) and his second wife, Ada Agnes, née...

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Ullmann, Stephen (1914–1976), linguistic scholar, was born on 13 June 1914 in Hungary, where his father, István Ullmann, was a senior civil servant. Ullmann read modern languages at the University of Budapest, from where he obtained a doctorate at the early age of twenty-two. In 1939 he married ...

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Vinsauf, Geoffrey of [called Galfridus Anglicus] (fl. 1208–1213), poet and teacher of grammar and rhetoric, also called Anglicus, is best-known as the author of the Poetria nova ('The new poetics'), the single most successful textbook on rhetorical composition written during the middle ages. It is not known what his name means. What little is known about his life comes chiefly from the ...