[Corpora-List] a very sad news

Laura GAVIOLI laura.gavioli at unimore.it
Tue Nov 6 19:54:55 CET 2018


With heavy hearts, we share the sad news that Professor Guy Aston passed away early on the morning of Tuesday October 31. Professor Aston served Italian University at Bari, Ancona and Bologna. From 1991, he taught at the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators (University of Bologna, Forlė campus), where he was faculty chair from 2002 to 2005. Being an expert in spoken language and electronic corpora, he rose to a position of international prominence in the field, experimenting with what he called Talking Concordances (corpora with both transcribed texts and their audio).

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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