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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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200499Linguistics not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/05/2013 - 15/12/2013Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/08/2010 - 12/12/2010Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/02/2010 - 18/06/2010Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
20/07/2009 - 30/11/2009Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/01/2008 - 7/03/2008Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1969 - 1/05/1981LecturerVictoria 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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, 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]
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Journal article (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Peterson PG, 'Coordination: Consequences Of A Lexical-Functional Account', Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 22 643-679 (2004) [C1]
DOI10.1023/B:NALA.0000027673.49915.2b
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 7
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]
CitationsScopus - 2
2002Ferguson AJ, Peterson PG, 'Intonation in partner accommodation for aphasia: A descriptive single case study', Journal of Communication Disorders, 35 11-30 (2002) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authorsAlison Ferguson
2002Peterson PG, 'Review of "Lexical-Functional Syntax"', Australian Journal of Linguistics, 22.1 131-135 (2002) [C3]
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]
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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CitationsWeb of Science - 8
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Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Peterson PG, 'Workshop on Coordination and Agreement: Introduction and Overview', Proceedings of the LFG04 Conference, University of Canterbury (2005) [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]
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]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants3
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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Peter Peterson
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184023
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Peter Peterson, Doctor Christo Moskovsky
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181284
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Peter Peterson
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1992
Funding Finish1992
GNoG0174198
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2009Naturalism, Indeterminacy, Analogy, Connectionism and Linguistic Theory: A Philosophy of Psychobiolinguistics
Linguistics, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2008English Language Attitudes and Motivation Among Adult Migrants in Australia
Linguistics, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2007Integrating Learners' Cultural Aspects into the Papuan Junior High School Curriculum: A Bridge or a Barrier?
Linguistics, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2006Classroom 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
2006The 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
2006Comparing Language and Cognition Skills in Primary School Age Children with Language Impairment
Linguistics, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2005Syllabic Consonants in English
Linguistics, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2003The 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
2002Chinese 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

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

Office

RoomGP139
BuildingGP
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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