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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

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