Peter Collins

Honorary Professor

Professor Peter Collins (BA Hons, MA Hons, PhD University of Sydney, DipEd University of New England) has taught Linguistics at all levels at UNSW since 1980, after previous positions at the University of Sydney, Macquarie University and Rusden College. He is a former editor of the 'Australian Journal of Linguistics'. He has published over a hundred books, articles and book chapters and over 30 book reviews. His main research area is the grammar of English. He is one of the authors of the influential 'Cambridge Grammar of the English Language' (2002). Related research interests are corpus linguistics (he was one of the compilers of the first corpus of Australian English) and World Englishes, in which he has published widely. He is co-author of the most widely used introductory Linguistics textbook in Australia, and of several other textbooks.

Books
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Collins PC; Hollo C, 2017, English grammar: An introduction (3rd Edn), 3rd, Palgrave, London
2017
Collins PC, 2009, Modals and Quasi-modals in English, Original, Rodopi, The Netherlands
2009
Collins PC, 2000, English Grammar: An Introduction, Original, Macmillan Press, London, United Kingdom
2000
Collins PC; Fromkin V; Blair D, 1999, An introduction to language An introduction to language, Original, Harcourt, Marrickville
1999
Collins PC, 1998, English Grammar, Original, Longman Australia, Melbourne
1998
Finegan E; Blair D; Collins PC, 1997, Language: its structure and use, 2nd ed, Original, Harcourt Brace, Marrickville, NSW
1997
Book Chapters
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Collins PC, 2015, 'Diachronic variation in the grammar of Australian English: Corpus-based explorations', in Grammatical Change in English World-Wide, edn. 1st, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 15 - 42, https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/scl.67/toc
2015
Collins PC; Lee JFK, 2015, 'Gender Representation in Hong Kong Primary English-language Textbooks: A Corpus Study', in Mills S; Mustapha AS (ed.), Gender Representations in Learning Materials: International Perspectives, edn. Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics, Routledge, New York and London, pp. 37 - 51, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000372104300004&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2015
Collins PC, 2015, 'Introduction', in Grammatical Change in English World-Wide, edn. 1st, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 1 - 11
2015
Collins PC, 2015, 'Recent diachronic change in the progressive in Philippine English', in Grammatical Change in English World-Wide, edn. 1st, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 271 - 297, https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/scl.67/main
2015
Collins PC; Collins PC; Yao X, 2014, 'Relative clauses in Philippine English: a diachronic perspective', in Vandelanotte L; Davidse K; Gentens C (ed.), Recent Advances in Corpus Linguistics. Developing and Exploiting Corpora., Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York, pp. 125 - 146, http://www.rodopi.nl/functions/search.asp?BookId=LC+78
2014
Collins PC; Collins PC; Borlongan A; Lim J-H, 2014, 'The subjunctive mood in Philippine English: A diachronic analysis', in Pfenninger S; Timofeeva O; Gardner A-C; Honkapohja A; Hundt M; Schreier D (ed.), Contact, Variation and Change in the History of English, edn. 1st, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 259 - 280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/slcs.159
2014
Collins PC, 2014, 'Modal Expressions in Malaysian English', in Rahim H; Manan S (ed.), English in Malaysia: Postcolonial and Beyond, edn. 1st, Peter Lang, Bern, Switzerland, pp. 127 - 160, http://www.peterlang.com/
2014
Collins PC, 2014, 'Australian English', in Koch H; Nordlinger R (ed.), The Languages and Linguistics of Australia: A Comprehensive Guide, edn. 1st, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 449 - 484, http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/181330?rskey=ZtCXYw&result=1
2014
Collins PC; Yao X, 2013, 'Functional variation in the English present perfect: A cross-varietal study', in Andersen G; Bech K (ed.), English Corpus Linguistics: Variation in Time, Space and Genre, Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York, pp. 91 - 112, http://www.rodopi.nl/
2013
Collins PC, 2013, 'Grammatical colloquialism an the English quasi-modals: a comparative study', in Marin-Arrese J; Carretero M; Arus Hita J; van der Auwera J (ed.), English modality: core, periphery and evidentiality, De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin, pp. 155 - 169, http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/182779
2013
Collins PC; Yao X, 2012, 'Modals and quasi-modals in New Englishes', in Hundt M; Gut U (ed.), Mapping Unity and Diversity World-Wide, edn. 1st, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 35 - 53
2012
Collins PC; Peters P, 2012, 'Colloquial Australian English', in Kortmann B; Lunkenheimer K (ed.), The Mouton Atlas of Variation in English, edn. 1st, De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 585 - 595, http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/181631
2012
Collins PC; Yao X, 2012, 'Developments in the verbal systems of the 'Old' and 'New' Englishes', in Gitsaki C; Baldauf R (ed.), Future Directions in Applied Linguistics: Local and Global Perspectives, edn. 1st, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 328 - 349
2012
Collins PC, 2011, 'Variable agreement in the existential there-construction in Philippine English', in Bautista ML S (ed.), Studies of Philippine English: Exploring the Philippine component of the International Corpus of English, edn. 1st, Anvil, Manila, pp. 175 - 186
2011
Collins PC, 2009, 'The Progressive', in Peters P; Collins P; Smith A (ed.), Comparative Studies in Australia and New Zealand English: Grammar and Beyond, edn. 1st, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 115 - 123
2009
Collins PC, 2009, 'English Grammer in China', in Chen H; Cruickshank K (ed.), Making a Difference: Challenges for Applied Linguistics, edn. 1, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, U.K., pp. 253 - 261
2009
Collins PC, 2009, 'Information - Packaging Constructions', in Peters P; Collins P; Smith A (ed.), Comparative Studies in Australia and New Zealand English: Grammar and Beyond, edn. 1st, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 295 - 316
2009
Collins PC, 2009, 'Prologue', in Peters P; Collins P; Smith A (ed.), Comparative Studies in Australia and New Zealand English: Grammar and Beyond, edn. 1st, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 1 - 9
2009
Collins PC, 2007, 'Modality across World Englishes', in Abraham W; Noonan M (ed.), Functional Perspectives on Grammar and Discourse, edn. First, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 447 - 468
2007
Collins PC, 2007, 'Modal wars: Some ascendant semi-modals in Australian English', in Siegel J; Lynch J; Eades D (ed.), Language Description. History and Development, edn. First, John Benjamins Publshing Company, Amsterdam, pp. 197 - 208
2007
Collins PC, 2007, 'TESOL Grammar Instruction in South-East Asia', in Gitsaki C (ed.), Language and Languages: Global and local tensions, edn. Original, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 78 - 89
2007
Collins PC, 2006, 'Clause Types', in Aarts B; McMahon A (ed.), The Handbook of English Linguistics, edn. First, Blackwell Publishing, Great Britain, pp. 180 - 197
2006
Collins PC, 2004, 'The information structure of what-clefts in English', in Ali GK J M; Jan JM; Awab SA; Don ZM (ed.), Language, Linguistics and the Real World. Volume 1: Making Linguistics Relevant, edn. 1, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 227 - 244
2004
Collins PC; Peters P, 2004, 'Australian English, Morphology and Syntax', in Kortmann B; Schneider EW (ed.), A Handbook of Varieties of English, edn. 1, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 593 - 610
2004
Mittwoch A; Huddleston R; Collins PC, 2002, 'The Clause: Adjuncts', in Huddleston R; Pullum GK (ed.), The Clause: Adjuncts, edn. 1st, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 663 - 784
2002
Collins PC; Blair D, 2001, 'Language and identity in Australia', in English in Australia, edn. Original, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, pp. 1 - 16
2001
Collins PC, 1999, 'The deictic-presentation construction in English', in The Clause in English, edn. Original, John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 67 - 80
1999
Conference Papers
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Collins PC, 2014, 'Relative clauses in Australian English: a cross-varietal diachronic study', in Gawne L (ed.), Selected papers from the 44th conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 2013, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, pp. 355 - 371, presented at 44th Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 2013, at the University of Melbourne., Melbourne, 01 October 2013 - 04 October 2014, http://hdl.handle.net/11343/40972
2014
Collins PC, 2007, 'Can and may: monosemy and polysemy', in 2006 Annual Meeting of the Australian Linguistics Society, Annual Meeting of the Australian Linguistics Society 2006, Brisbane, Qld, presented at Annual Meeting of the Australian Linguistics Society 2006, Brisbane, Qld, 07 July 2006 - 09 July 2006
2007
Collins PC, 2006, 'Will, shall, be going to, and want to: The Modals and Semi-modals of Prediction and Volition in Modern English', in 2005 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society 2005, Monash University, presented at Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society 2005, Monash University, 28 September 2005 - 30 September 2005
2006
Collins PC, 2004, 'Grammar in TESOL: a critique of current textbooks', in Seminar Organisers (ed.), 2004 Taiwan-Australia TESOL Seminar, Taiwan-Australia TESOL Seminar 2004, Taipei, pp. 43 - 56, presented at Taiwan-Australia TESOL Seminar 2004, Taipei, 01 October 2004 - 03 October 2004
2004
Collins PC, 2004, 'Let and let¿s', in Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society, Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society, University of Newcastle, presented at Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society, University of Newcastle, 26 September 2003 - 28 September 2003
2004
Collins PC, 2002, 'Some Discourse Functions of Existentials in English', in ALS2001, ALS2001, Canberra, presented at ALS2001, Canberra, 27 September 2001 - 30 September 2001
2002
Collins PC, 2001, 'Indirectness, Politeness and Modality', in 25th ALAA Congress (2001), 25th ALAA Congress (2001), Australia, presented at 25th ALAA Congress (2001), Australia, 01 January 2001
2001
Collins PC, 2001, 'The polite use of the English modals', in Studies in Greek Linguistics: Proceedings of the 21st annual meeting of the Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University, Studies in Greek Linguistics: 21st annual meeting of the Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University, Greek, pp. 295 - 302, presented at Studies in Greek Linguistics: 21st annual meeting of the Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University, Greek, 01 January 2001
2001
Collins PC, 1998, 'ESL Grammars: An Evaluation', in ALAA Congress, ALAA Congress, Griffith University, Qld, presented at ALAA Congress, Griffith University, Qld, 30 June 1998 - 03 July 1998
1998
Journal articles
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Collins PC; Borlongan A, 2017, 'Has Philippine English attained linguistic independence? The grammatical evidence.', The Philippine ESL Journal, vol. 19, pp. 10 - 24
2017
YAO X; COLLINS P, 2017, 'Exploring grammatical colloquialisation in non-native English: a case study of Philippine English1', English Language and Linguistics, pp. 1 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1360674316000599
2017
Collins PC; Collins PC; Collins PC, 2014, 'Grammatical Change in the Verb Phrase in Australian English: A Corpus-based Study', Australian Journal of Linguistics, vol. 34, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07268602.2014.929087
2014
Collins PC; Borlongan AM; Yao X, 2014, 'Modality in Philippine English: a diachronic study', Journal of English Linguistics, vol. 42, pp. 68 - 88, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0075424213511462
2014
Collins PC, 2014, 'Quasi-modals and modals in Australian English fiction 1800-1899, with comparisons across British and American English', Journal of English Linguistics, vol. 42, pp. 7 - 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0075424213512857
2014
Collins PC; Yao X, 2013, 'Aspects of the Verbal System of Malaysian English and Other Englishes', 3L Language Linguistics Literature (The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies), vol. 19, pp. 93 - 104
2013
Collins PC, 2013, 'Grammatical variation in English worldwide: the role of colloquialization', Linguistics and the Human Sciences, vol. 8, pp. 289 - 306, http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/lhs.v8i3.289
2013
Collins PC; Yao X, 2013, 'Recent change in non-present perfect constructions in British and American English', Corpora, vol. 8, pp. 115 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/cor.2013.0036
2013
Collins P; Yao X, 2013, 'Colloquial features in World Englishes', International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, vol. 18, pp. 479 - 505, http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/ijcl.18.4.02col
2013
Yao X; Collins PC, 2012, 'The present perfect in world Englishes', World Englishes, vol. 31, pp. 386 - 403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-971X.2012.01756.x
2012
Collins PC, 2012, 'Singular agreement in there-existentials: an intervarietal corpus-based study', English World-Wide, vol. 33, pp. 53 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/eww.33.1.03col
2012
Collins PC, 2012, 'Australian English: Its evolution and current state', International Journal of Language, Translation and Intercultural Communication, vol. 1, pp. 75 - 86
2012
Collins PC; Lee JF, 2010, 'Construction of gender: a comparison of Australian and Hong Kong', Journal of Gender Studies, vol. 19, pp. 121 - 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09589231003695856
2010
Collins PC, 2009, 'Modals and quasi-modals in world Englishes', World Englishes, vol. 28, pp. 281 - 292
2009
Collins PC; Lee JF, 2009, 'English Grammer: An Investigation of hong Kong ESL Books', Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol. 11, pp. 51 - 70
2009
Collins PC; Lee JF, 2009, 'Australian English-Language Textbooks: the Gender Issues', Gender and Education, vol. 21, pp. 353 - 370, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540250802392257
2009
Collins PC; Lee JF, 2008, 'Gender Voices in Hong Kong English Textbooks- Some Past and Current Practices', Sex Roles, vol. online, pp. 1 - 11
2008
Collins PC, 2008, 'The Progressive Aspect in World Englishes: A Corpus- based Study', Australian Journal of Linguistics, vol. 28, pp. 225 - 251
2008
Collins PC, 2008, 'A Sociolinguistic Study of Given Names and Nicknames in Australia', MULTILINGUA: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, vol. 27, pp. 449 - 452
2008
Collins PC, 2007, 'Can/could and may/might in British, American and Australian English: a corpus based account', World Englishes, vol. 26, pp. 474 - 491
2007
Collins PC, 2007, 'The grammar of the English verb phrase, vol 1, The grammar of the English tense system. A comprehensive analysis, in Cooperation with Susan Reed & Bert Appelle', FOLIA LINGUISTICA, vol. 41, pp. 461 - 468, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000253293700010&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2007
Collins PC, 2006, 'Grammar in TEFL: A Critique of Indonesian High School Textbooks', TEFLIN Journal, vol. 17, pp. 1 - 10
2006
Collins PC; Lee J, 2006, 'Linguistic Acceptability in Hong Kong English', Asian Englishes, vol. 9, pp. 24 - 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13488678.2006.10801175
2006
Collins PC, 2006, 'It-clefts and wh-clefts: Prosody and pragmatics', Journal of Pragmatics, vol. 38, pp. 1706 - 1720, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2005.03.015
2006
Collins PC, 2005, 'Exclamative clauses in English', Word - Journal of the International Linguistic Association, vol. 56, pp. 1 - 17
2005
Collins PC; Lee J, 2005, 'English Grammar in Current Hong Kong Textbooks: A Critical Appraisal', TESL Reporter, vol. 38, pp. 37 - 49
2005
Collins PC, 2005, 'The modals and quasi-modals of obligation and necessity in Australian English and other Englishes', English World-Wide: a journal of varieties of English, vol. 26, pp. 249 - 273, http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/eww.26.3.02col
2005
Collins PC, 2004, 'Reversed what clefts in English: information structure and discourse function', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, vol. 27, pp. 63 - 74
2004
Collins PC, 2004, 'On the usage of have, dare, need, ought, and used to, in Australian English and Hong Kong English', World Englishes, vol. 23, pp. 501 - 512
2004
Collins PC, 2004, 'Let-imperatives in English', International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, vol. 9, pp. 299 - 320
2004
Collins PC, 2001, 'Grammars and Corpora', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, pp. 35 - 41
2001
Collins PC, 2001, 'Some Discourse Functions of Existentials in English', Proceedings of the 2001 Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society, pp. 1 - 6
2001
Collins PC, 2000, 'Getting Our Grammar Right', Show Cause, pp. 3 - 5
2000
Collins PC, 1999, 'Adjunct clusters in English', Seminarios de Lingiustica Seminarios de Linguistica, pp. 33 - 51
1999
Collins PC, 1998, 'Review of Sidney Greenbaum, The Oxford English Grammar', ICAME (International Computer Archive of Modern English), pp. 81 - 84
1998
Collins PC; Hollo C; Mar JF, 1997, 'English grammar in school textbooks: a critical survey', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, vol. 20, pp. 33 - 50
1997
Collins PC; Hollo C; Mar JF, 1997, 'The presentation of English grammar in school textbooks', Metaphor, pp. 38 - 42
1997
Collins PC, 1996, '`Get` - passives in English', World Englishes, vol. 15, pp. 43 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-971X.1996.tb00091.x
1996
Collins PC, 1993, 'Extern constructions in english', Australian Journal of Linguistics, vol. 13, pp. 23 - 37, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07268609308599488
1993
COLLINS PC, 1991, 'PSEUDOCLEFT AND CLEFT CONSTRUCTIONS - A THEMATIC AND INFORMATIONAL INTERPRETATION', LINGUISTICS, vol. 29, pp. 481 - 519, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/ling.1991.29.3.481
1991
COLLINS PC, 1984, 'SEMANTIC STRUCTURES FOR THE SYNTAX OF COMPLEMENTS AND AUXILIARIES IN ENGLISH - NEY,JW', AUMLA-JOURNAL OF THE AUSTRALASIAN UNIVERSITIES LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE ASSOCIATION, pp. 110 - 113, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:A1984TF58200024&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
1984
Other
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Collins PC; Yao X, 2017, (Review of) Douglas Biber and Randi Reppen (eds.), The Cambridge handbook of English corpus linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
2017
Grammatical/linguistic theory; grammatical/semantic variation in Australian English; language/ linguistics, with special reference to English language in Australia (accent, vocabulary, social & regional variation); discourse.
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