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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 ...