Pam Peters

Emeritus Professor

  • 140 Citations
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1989 …2022
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Emeritus Professor Pam Peters is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and an active researcher within the Department of Linguistics and Centre for Language Sciences at Macquarie University, where she directs several major projects:

 - Australian and international English (Varieties of English in the Indo-Pacific (VEIP)) with partners in Australia, Europe, South Africa and Asia)

- online terminography (the TermFinder ™ termbanks in family law (for the Federal Attorney-General’s Department); in bilingual cancer medicine (partnering with the Macquarie Cancer Institute and Fudan University, Shanghai); and in disciplines such as Accounting, Genetic Biology and Statistics (partnering with academic staff across faculties)

- editorial style and online accessibility for general and scientific writing (via the StyleHub platform, in partnership with Biotext)


Professor Peters’s research on English linguistics is associated with leading the compilation of a suite of computerised corpora of Australian English for Macquarie University, and as Director of the University’s Dictionary Research Centre (2001-8). She was a member of the Editorial Committee of the Macquarie Dictionary from 1986 to 2006, and founding editor (1992) of Australian Style magazine. Her best-known monographs are the Cambridge Australian English Style Guide (1995), its sequelthe Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage (2007), and the international Cambridge Guide to English Usage (2004). More recently she authored the Cambridge Dictionary of English Grammar (2013). Within the Linguistics Department she founded the graduate program in Editing and Publishing (1989), which continues as an online course in Editing and Electronic publishing. She became a Distinguished Editor of the Australian Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) in 2008. She has been a member of the ABC’s advisory committee on broadcasting language since 1996

External positions

Honorary Life Member, Institute of Professional Editors

2018 → …

Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities

2012 → …

Distinguished Editor, Institute of Professional Editors

2008 → …

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Projects 2007 2022

Research Outputs 1989 2020

Code-switching in online academic discourse: resources for Philippine English

Lising, L., Peters, P. & Smith, A., Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : English World-Wide. 42, 2

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research focus

Shared lexical innovations in Australian and New Zealand English

Peters, P., Smith, A. & Bernaisch, T., 2019, In : Dictionaries. 40, 2, p. 1-30 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

New Zealand

Lexicography and applied linguistics

Peters, P. & Fernández, T., 2018, The Routledge handbook of lexicography. Fuertes-Olivera, P. A. (ed.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 105-122 18 p. (Routledge handbooks in linguistics).

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The lexicography of English usage: describing usage variation and change

Peters, P., 2018, English usage guides: history, advice, attitudes. Tieken-Boon van Ostade, I. (ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, p. 31-49 19 p. (Oxford linguistics).

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language change
twenty-first century

Translating medical terminology and bilingual terminography

Peters, P., Qian, Y. & Ding, J., Apr 2018, In : Lexicography. 3, 2, p. 99-113 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Translation Equivalents
Medical Terminology