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Sweet, Henry

Source:
The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature
Author(s):
Margaret Drabble, Jenny Stringer, Daniel Hahn

Sweet, Henry 

(1845–1912),

a great phonetician. He is said to be the inspiration for Shaw's Henry Higgins in Pygmalion. His works are still a staple of the study of Old English and the philology of English; the most celebrated are History of English Sounds (1874, 1888); Anglo‐Saxon Reader (1876); Anglo‐Saxon Primer (1882); A New English Grammar (1892, 1898); The History of Language (1900); and The Sounds of English: An Introduction to Phonetics (1908).

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