“Geoff made major contributions to such fields as stylistics, (A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry  and, with Mick Short, Style in Fiction ), and semantics and pragmatics (Principles of Pragmatics  remains a key text in the field, and his new book, The Pragmatics of Politeness, appeared just last week). He also contributed to the two major descriptive grammars of English, and many shorter, more accessible grammars for students and teachers. He is perhaps best known now as one of the founders of the field of corpus linguistics, the construction and study of large computerized datasets of language. This field has now become one of the major approaches to many linguistic and social science issues.”
The Economist, August 23rd, 2014.