Guy received his BA from Oxford University, his MA from the University of Edinburgh and his PhD from the London Institute of Education.
He coordinated one of the first research projects on the contrastive pragmatics of spoken language, which produced the first comparable corpus of conversations in English and Italian (the PIXI corpus), and pioneered the use of corpora for teaching and learning the foreign language, translation and interpreting.
Prof. Aston is the author of a number of publications and the organizer of many academic initiatives and events. He is well known as one of the founders of the biennial Teaching And Language Corpora (TALC) conference, and as a permanent member of its scientific committee.
Guy's work continues in many faculties, in many places, through his pupils and students. Many academics will remember Guy with gratitude for teaching them the framework that launched their careers; many students will be grateful for the long hours he devotedly invested in giving them individual attention to enhance their language and linguistics skills; and colleagues (and friends) will be grateful for his willingness to listen, to consult, to truly collaborate, and, in moments when professional matters were interrupted by personal fortune or misfortune, to show affection, joy and sympathy.
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