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Sweet, Henry (1845–1912), phonetician and comparative philologist, was born on 15 September 1845 at 11 Mecklenburgh Street, London, the eldest of the three sons of George Sweet (1814–1879), a barrister, and his wife, Alice Nicholson (d. in or after 1879). On his father's side the family had connections with the west country, and on his mother's, with ...