WG: Professor Geoffrey Leech

Wodak, Ruth r.wodak at lancaster.ac.uk
Wed Aug 20 18:38:45 UTC 2014

Von: owner-acdstaff at lists.lancs.ac.uk [mailto:owner-acdstaff at lists.lancs.ac.uk] Im Auftrag von Lancaster Internal Communications
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 20. August 2014 15:41
An: staff at lists.lancs.ac.uk
Betreff: Professor Geoffrey Leech

Professor Geoffrey Leech
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Leech yesterday (Tuesday 19 August), at the age of 78.
Professor Leech joined Lancaster University in 1969 and was a founding member of the Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language.  He retired in 2002 and became Emeritus Professor in the department. In March 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Lancaster University, in recognition of his service and contribution to the University, particularly in research, and it was at this time he wrote a moving autobiography which can be read by clicking here<http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/doc_library/linguistics/leechg/Autobiog.pdf>.
He had an international reputation for his work on stylistics, pragmatics, and descriptive grammar and his research on computer corpora, including the compilation of the LOB Corpus and the BNC (British National Corpus), has been instrumental in establishing Lancaster within the world top 10 for Linguistics.  His expertise, knowledge and passion for Linguistics and the English Language will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him, and Lancaster University as a whole.
Our thoughts, and deepest condolences, are with his family, friends and colleagues during this sad time.
Funeral details for Professor Leech will be made available at a later date.

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