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From 1926 to 1940, Lloyd James was the honorary secretary of the BBC's advisory committee on spoken English. In 1938, he was given the title of "Linguistic Adviser to the BBC".
Arthur Lloyd James's wife was Elsie Winifred (1888/1889-1941). She was the daughter of the musician Luther Owen, and herself was a well known violinist and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. They had one child, David Owen Lloyd James.
Murder and trial
In 1941 the stress of World War II led Arthur Lloyd James to kill his wife, fearing the war would otherwise cause her hardship. The murder weapons were a fork and poker.
He was tried at the Central Criminal Court, with Mr. Justice Wrottesley presiding. The prosecutor was Mr. G. B. McClure, and Mr. Richard O'Sullivan, K.C. was the defence. Brixton Prison senior medical officer Dr. H. A. Grierson argued that Lloyd James had manic depressive insanity with a predominant depressive stage. Lloyd James pleaded not guilty; the jury found him guilty but insane.
^Lloyd James, Arthur; Bargery, George Percival (1925). "A Note on the Pronunciation of Hausa". Bulletin of the School of Oriental Studies, University of London. 3 (4): 721-728. doi:10.1017/S0041977X00000446. JSTOR607084.
^Lloyd James, Arthur; Kanhere, S. G. (1928). "The Pronunciation of Marathi". Bulletin of the School of Oriental Studies, University of London. 4 (4): 791-801. doi:10.1017/S0041977X00123717. JSTOR607259.
^Morgenstierne, Georg; Lloyd James, Arthur (1928). "Notes on the Pronunciation of Pashto (Dialect of the Hazara District)". Bulletin of the School of Oriental Studies, University of London. 5 (1): 53-62. doi:10.1017/S0041977X00130599. JSTOR607782.
"Lloyd James, Arthur". A Companion to Who's Who Containing the Biographies of Those Who Died During the Decade 1941-1950. Who Was Who. 4. London: Adam & Charles Black. 1952. pp. 693-694.
News articles on murder, trial, and suicide
"British Professor Accused of Slaying Wife; Lloyd James an Expert on Pronunciation". New York Times. 90 (30, 307). 15 January 1941. p. 25.
"Famous Authority on Speech Charged With Wife's Murder". The Globe and Mail. 98 (28, 418). 15 January 1941. pp. 1-2.
"Professor Lloyd James Charged with Wife Murder". Courier and Advertiser (27337). Dundee, Scotland. 15 January 1941. p. 3.
"Professor Remanded on Wife Murder Charge". The Nottingham Evening Post (19503). 15 January 1941. p. 5.
"Murder Charge: B.B.C. Professor in Court". Derby Evening Telegraph (18545). 15 January 1941. p. 1.
"BBC Professor Charged with Wife's Murder". Daily Mail (13954). 15 January 1941. p. 1.
"'War Nerves' Seen in London Slaying: Prof. Lloyd James Is Quoted by Police as Saying He Killed Wife While She Was Happy. Shaken in a Recent Raid: Phonetics Expert Had Suffered Nervous Breakdown--Word 'Haw Haw' Credited to Him". New York Times. 90 (30, 308). 16 January 1941. p. 44.
"B.B.C. Professor on Murder Charge: Wished His Wife to Die While Happy". News. The Times (48825). London. 16 January 1941. col E, p. 2.
"B.B.C.'s Tutor in Dock". Daily Mail (13955). 16 January 1941. p. 5.
"Cause of Mrs. James's Death: Inquest Evidence of Blow on the Head". News. The Times (48826). London. 17 January 1941. col E, p. 9.
"Died of Skull Fracture: English Language Expert's Wife Beaten, Inquest Reveals". New York Times. 90 (30, 309). 17 January 1941. p. 18.
"BBC Man Sent for Trial". Daily Mail (13963). 25 January 1941. p. 5.