Those who met Michael will know that he was not just an eminent scholar and one-in-a-million supervisor: he was also one of those who had the knack to entertain you - and, as you left the lecture theatre you realise how much learnt.
He is best known for his work on textual organisation and cohesion, with On the Surface of Discourse (Allen and Unwin 1984) and Patterns of Lexis in Text (OUP 1991) and eventually bringing much of his decades of research together in Lexical Priming (Routledge 2005). This, his seminal work, uses a psycho-linguistic approach to point towards an explanation of CL findings.
Furthermore, his role at Birmingham University’s Cobuild Dictionary has to be noted: apparently, it was the proposal he wrote that convinced Collins to support this hugely ambitious and costly project. The result, as many will know, was that every new dictionary published since has to make use of corpora.
Michael was an extremely considerate, generous and helpful teacher and wonderfully kind friend and colleague. He will be sorely missed by all of those who have had the privilege to have known him.
Dr Michael Pace-Sigge
School of Humanities University of Eastern Finland Room 155 Agora Tel.+ 358 (0) 29445215 P.O. Box 111 FI-80101 Joensuu Finland Skype: pace-sigge https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5164-5242
Out in October 2020: Linked Noun Groups. Opposition and Expansion as Genre and Style Markers https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030539856
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