How I’m Related to Henry Higgins (or my Linguistic Pedigree)

How I’m Related to Henry Higgins (or my Linguistic Pedigree)

Prof. Peter Ladefoged was the student of David Abercrombie, who was the student of Daniel Jones (of whom the real life model of Henry Higgins was based). Prof. Ladefoged actually trained Rex Harrison for his role in the movie.

Prof. Peter Ladefoged (who died recently at the age of eighty in 2006) was the adviser for (now) Prof. John Ohala who was the advisor for (now) Prof. Jeri J. Jaeger which means that if we were to order it

Daniel Jones (Henry Higgins) taught
David Abercrombie who taught
Peter Ladefoged who taught
John Ohala who taught
Jeri J. Jaeger who is now teaching
me.

if any of that pedigree wants to start kicking in…now would be a really, really good time.

What a day.