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Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Peterson

Conjoint Associate Professor

School of Humanities and Social Science (Linguistics)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
My major research interest area is English syntax, with particular focus on complex sentence structures including relative clauses, coordination, apposition and associated syntactic phenomena. I have established a theoretical account of coordination within a Lexical Functional framework, based on a (non-headed) set analysis of coordinate structures. This has led to a broader investigation of alternatives to endocentric (headed) configurations, leading to innovative analyses of apposition and certain sub-classes of relative clauses. I am also engaged in research in Second Language Acquisition. A major project in this area has been the creation of a large database of learner English, a collection of taped conversations in English with migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds, probably the largest such collection in Australia. It has been used for undergraduate and Honours students research projects, as well as in my own research and teaching in Second Language Acquisition. The two branches of my research interests form a natural unity since my central concern with Second Language Acquisition is in the development of morphological and syntactic structures in learner English.

Teaching Expertise
Undergraduate teaching: all areas of Linguistics; Children's Literature. Classes ranging in size from 3 to 500. Consistently high SEC evaluations. Postgraduate supervision: 10 completed PhDs; 3 in progress. Sociolinguistics; language acquisition; TESOL; linguistic theory; applied linguistics Course development: developed courses in sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, conversational analysis, English grammar, Children's Literature, foundations of linguistics, etc. Program development: initiated and developed Bachelor of Speech Pathology; BSpth/BA combined degree; GradDip Linguistics; Master of Applied Linguistics.

Administrative Expertise
2006- Assistant Dean (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Education and Arts 2006 BA Program Convenor, Faculty of Education and Arts 2002-2005 Deputy Head of School, Convenor for Linguistics & Applied Linguistics, and Graduate Coursework Convenor, School of Language & Media 1987-2001 Head of Department, Department of Linguistics 1994-2002 Chair, Board of Studies in Speech Pathology

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Arts, Victoria University of Wellington

Keywords

  • Children's Literature
  • English grammar
  • English language
  • Linguistics
  • Second language acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Syntax
  • Translation studies

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
200499 Linguistics not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1969 - 1/05/1981 Lecturer Victoria University of Wellington
Department of English
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Peterson PG, 'Commas and connective adverbs', Comparative Studies in Australian and New Zealand English: Grammar and Beyond, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam 277-292 (2009) [B1]
2007 Peterson PG, 'Speaker's choice: Number and case 'agreement' in coordination', Architectures, Rules and Preferences: Variations on Themes by Joan W. Bresnan, CSLI Publications, Stanford 277-291 (2007) [B1]
2004 Peterson PG, 'Syntax : the structure of sentences', Teaching English language in Australia : theoretical perspectives and practical issues, Black Swan Press, Perth 249 (2004) [B1]
2002 Huddleston RD, Payne J, Peterson PG, 'Coordination and supplementation', The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK 1273-1362 (2002) [B1]
2002 Huddleston RD, Pullum GK, Peterson PG, 'Relative constructions and unbounded dependencies', The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK 1031-1096 (2002) [B1]
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Journal article (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2004 Peterson PG, 'Coordination: Consequences Of A Lexical-Functional Account', Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 22 643-679 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1023/B:NALA.0000027673.49915.2b
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
2004 Thomas LS, Pfister P, Peterson PG, 'Issues Related to the Construction of a Purpose-Built domain-Specific Word Corpus', Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 4 13-28 (2004) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2
2002 Ferguson AJ, Peterson PG, 'Intonation in partner accommodation for aphasia: A descriptive single case study', Journal of Communication Disorders, 35 11-30 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Alison Ferguson
2002 Peterson PG, 'Review of "Lexical-Functional Syntax"', Australian Journal of Linguistics, 22.1 131-135 (2002) [C3]
2002 Thomas L, Pfister P, Peterson P, 'Interpreting free-form aviation concept maps through the integration of semantically based thematic analysis and quantitative corpus linguistics', Qualitative Research Journal, 2, no.2 98-110 (2002) [C1]
2001 Peterson PG, 'Review of V. Pollard, Dread Talk:The Language of Rastafari (McGill-Queen's UP, 2000)', Australian Journal of Linguistics, 21.2 267-270 (2001) [C3]
1999 Peterson PG, 'Coordinators plus plus?', Journal of English Linguistics, Vol. 27, No. 2 127-142 (1999) [C1]
1999 Peterson PG, 'Past Time Reference in Learner English', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, Vol.21, No.2 21-42 (1999) [C1]
1981 PETERSON PG, 'PROBLEMS WITH CONSTRAINTS ON COORDINATION', LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS, 8 449-460 (1981)
Citations Web of Science - 8
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Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 Peterson PG, 'Workshop on Coordination and Agreement: Introduction and Overview', Proceedings of the LFG04 Conference, University of Canterbury (2005) [E1]
2002 Peterson PG, 'The distribution of grammatical information across sets: some consequences for coordination', Proceedings of the 2001 Conference of the Australian Linguisitics Society, ANU, Canberra (2002) [E1]
2002 Stauffer TL, Pfister P, Peterson PG, 'Descriptions of visual landing approach expertise by Australian general aviation pilots', Proceedings of the Australasian University Aviation Association, Auckland (2002) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $10,110

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20041 grants / $610

LFG2004 (Annual International Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference, 10-12 July 2004$610

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Peterson
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184023
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20021 grants / $7,000

Grammatical tagging and syntactic analysis of a corpus of English as a Second Language$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Peterson, Doctor Christo Moskovsky
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181284
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19921 grants / $2,500

The Role Of Lexical Functional Structure In The Acquisition Of English As A Second Language$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Peterson
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1992
GNo G0174198
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed9
Current0

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2009 Naturalism, Indeterminacy, Analogy, Connectionism and Linguistic Theory: A Philosophy of Psychobiolinguistics
Linguistics, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2008 English Language Attitudes and Motivation Among Adult Migrants in Australia
Linguistics, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2007 Integrating Learners' Cultural Aspects into the Papuan Junior High School Curriculum: A Bridge or a Barrier?
Linguistics, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2006 Classroom instruction, schema-related factors, and individual differences in adult EFL reading performance: A study at a postgraduate matriculation program
Linguistics, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2006 The Analysis of Codeswitching in Classroom Communication Practised by English Teachers and First Grade Students at Junior High Schools in Yogyakarta
Linguistics, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2006 Comparing Language and Cognition Skills in Primary School Age Children with Language Impairment
Linguistics, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2005 Syllabic Consonants in English
Linguistics, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2003 The Visual Landing Approach as Expressed in Australian General Aviation Pilots' Free-form Concept Maps
Aerospace Eng & Technology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2002 Chinese Translation Theory and Practice: A Critical Re-appraisal
Linguistics, Faculty of Education and Arts
Sole Supervisor
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Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Peterson

Position

Conjoint Associate Professor
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Linguistics

Contact Details

Email peter.peterson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5212
Fax (02) 4921 7818

Office

Room GP139
Building GP
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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