ELLIS, Alexander John. 17719

£120

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Autograph Letter Signed, to Miss Jackson, thanking her for her work, hoping that “your thoughtfulness for the E.D.S [English Dialect Society] will be rewarded by your superintending the publication of your glossary yourself”, discussing the weather in Rome as reported by his son, adding that he himself is returning to work after two months interruption. 3 pp. 8 x 5 inches, in good condition. 25 Argyll Road, Kensington, 25 May 1874. Bernard Shaw acknowledged Ellis as the prototype of Professor Henry Higgins of Pygmalion (My Fair Lady).Alexander John Ellis (1814-1890), philologist and mathematician. Initially trained in mathematics and the classics, he became a well-known phonetician of his time. Through his work in phonetics he also became interested in vocal pitch and by extension in musical pitch as well as speech and song. Ellis is also noted for translating and extensively annotating Hermann Helmholtz’s On the Sensations of Tone. The second edition of this translation, published in 1885, contains an appendix which summarises Ellis’ own work on related matters. Initially trained in mathematics and the classics, he became a well-known phonetician of his time. Through his work in phonetics he also became interested in vocal pitch and by extension in musical pitch as well as speech and song.