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Guy Aston

MA (Oxon), MSc (Edinburgh), PhD (London)

Professor of English Linguistics
Advanced School of Interpreters and Translators, University of Bologna

Teaching responsibilities: English for interpreters; Computer-aided translation; English-Italian liaison interpreting

Research interests: Corpus linguistics; Contrastive pragmatics; Conversational analysis; Autonomous language learning

Administrative responsibilities: Following three years as Dean of the School, currently a member of university committees concerned with (a) the university web portal; (b) accessibility of teaching provision; (c) relations with foreign universities; (d) the university language centres.

Tel: 0543-374737; mobile 335-427191

Fax: 0543-374506)


Guy Aston lives in an old farmhouse on the Appennines near Vergato (between Bologna and Florence), a village which was for many years famous for its bakery. From here he commutes to Forlì by train, his obsessively preferred means of transport. He has been working at the school since 1991, where he has been principally concerned with the introduction of computerised corpora as resources for language learning and translation. Formerly responsible for the PIXI project on the pragmatics of service encounters in English and in Italian, he collaborates with the University of Oxford on the British National Corpus project.