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Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 28/08/1982
  • Master of Arts, Victoria University of Wellington

Research

Research keywords

  • English grammar
  • Linguistics
  • Second language acquisition
  • Syntax

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.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200400Linguistics100

Administrative

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

Teaching

Teaching keywords

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

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.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Peterson PG, 'Coordination: Consequences Of A Lexical-Functional Account', Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 22 643-679 (2004) [C1]
2002Huddleston RD, Payne J, Peterson PG, 'Coordination and supplementation', The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK 1273-1362 (2002) [B1]
2002Huddleston 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]
2004Peterson PG, 'Non-Restrictive Relatives and Other Non-Syntagmatic Relations in a Lexical-Functional Framework', Proceedings of the LFG04 Conference, University of Canterbury (2004) [E1]

Publications

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Chapter (5 outputs)

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2009Peterson 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]
2007Peterson 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]
2004Peterson PG, 'Syntax : the structure of sentences', Teaching English language in Australia : theoretical perspectives and practical issues, Black Swan Press, Perth 249 (2004) [B1]
2002Huddleston 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]
2002Huddleston RD, Payne J, Peterson PG, 'Coordination and supplementation', The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK 1273-1362 (2002) [B1]
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Journal article (9 outputs)

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2004Peterson PG, 'Coordination: Consequences Of A Lexical-Functional Account', Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 22 643-679 (2004) [C1]
2004Thomas 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]
2002Thomas 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]
2002Ferguson AJ, Peterson PG, 'Intonation in partner accommodation for aphasia: A descriptive single case study', Journal of Communication Disorders, 35 11-30 (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: ALISON FERGUSON

2002Peterson PG, 'Review of "Lexical-Functional Syntax"', Australian Journal of Linguistics, 22.1 131-135 (2002) [C3]
2001Peterson 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]
1999Peterson PG, 'Coordinators plus plus?', Journal of English Linguistics, Vol. 27, No. 2 127-142 (1999) [C1]
1999Peterson PG, 'Past Time Reference in Learner English', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, Vol.21, No.2 21-42 (1999) [C1]
1981PETERSON PG, 'PROBLEMS WITH CONSTRAINTS ON COORDINATION', LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS, 8 449-460 (1981)
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Conference (5 outputs)

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2005Peterson PG, 'Workshop on Coordination and Agreement: Introduction and Overview', Proceedings of the LFG04 Conference, University of Canterbury (2005) [E1]
2005McIlwain J, Peterson PG, 'Signaling Plurality in Learner English', Proceedings of the 2004 conference of the Australian Linguistics Society, University of Sydney (2005) [E1]
2004Peterson PG, 'Non-Restrictive Relatives and Other Non-Syntagmatic Relations in a Lexical-Functional Framework', Proceedings of the LFG04 Conference, University of Canterbury (2004) [E1]
2002Stauffer 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]
2002Peterson 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]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants3
Total funding$10,110

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2004 (1 grants)

LFG2004 (Annual International Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference, 10-12 July 2004$610
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Peterson
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$61020042004
GNo:G0184023

2002 (1 grants)

Grammatical tagging and syntactic analysis of a corpus of English as a Second Language$7,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Peterson, Doctor Christo Moskovsky
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,00020022002
GNo:G0181284

1992 (1 grants)

The Role Of Lexical Functional Structure In The Acquisition Of English As A Second Language$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Peterson
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50019921992
GNo:G0174198
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2009PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorNaturalism, Indeterminacy, Analogy, Connectionism and Linguistic Theory: A Philosophy of Psychobiolinguistics
2008PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorEnglish Language Attitudes and Motivation Among Adult Migrants in Australia
2007PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorIntegrating Learners' Cultural Aspects into the Papuan Junior High School Curriculum: A Bridge or a Barrier?
2006M Arts (Linguistics) [R]Co-SupervisorComparing Language and Cognition Skills in Primary School Age Children with Language Impairment
2006M Arts (Linguistics) [R]Co-SupervisorThe Analysis of Codeswitching in Classroom Communication Practised by English Teachers and First Grade Students at Junior High Schools in Yogyakarta
2006PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorClassroom instruction, schema-related factors, and individual differences in adult EFL reading performance: A study at a postgraduate matriculation program
2005PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorSyllabic Consonants in English
2003PhD (Aviation & Technology)Co-SupervisorThe Visual Landing Approach as Expressed in Australian General Aviation Pilots' Free-form Concept Maps
2002PhD (Linguistics)Sole SupervisorChinese Translation Theory and Practice: A Critical Re-appraisal
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Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Peterson

Work Phone(02) 4921 5212
Fax(02) 4921 7818
Email
PositionConjoint Associate Professor
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaLinguistics
Office
GP139,
GP,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/peter-peterson