Dr Peter White
Senior Lecturer

Dr Peter White

Ph.D (University of Sydney), B.A. (Hons) University of Sydney, B.A. (Hons) University of Adelaide, Graduate Certificate in ESL Teaching (University of New South Wales)

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

Dr White is one of the prinicipal architects of the Appraisal framework,an account of the means by which texts convey evaluative and attitudinal meanings. [See Language of Evaluation website for detailed information, contacts, bibliographies/links and an introdoctory course.] He is influential in the development of linguistics-based analyses of mass communicative discourse (journalism, politics, corporate communications, public relations and advertising) and in the contrastive analysis of journalism and political rhetoric across languages and cultures.

Dr White's further research interests include educational linguistics (literacy development, including English-language literacy development in indigenous and bilingual settings; genre-based pedagogy), translation studies and contrastive linguistics, corpus and computational linguistics (including sentiment analysis and opinion mining), argumenation theory and the language of pursuasion, and new developments in Systemic Function Linguistic theory. For a detailed listing (with download links) of Dr White's publications see www.prrwhite.info.

He supervises PhD candidates working across these different topic areas.

Prior to undertaking academic study, Dr White worked as a journalist and journalism trainer for almost 20 years (Sydney Morning Herald, The Adelaide Advertiser, Special Broadcasting Service -SBS). He gained his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2000 and prior to teaching media studies, linguistics, discourse analysis and journalism  at the University of New South Wales taught linguistics and journalism at the University of Adelaide, linguistics and English Language studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), journalism and media studies at the University of Wollongong and linguistics at the University of Sydney.,

He is also a semi-professional jazz musicians, currently performing on saxophone and keyboards with the Travelling Circumstances jazz combo.

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  • Journal articles | 2018
    Tavassoli F; White P; Jalilifar A, 2018, 'British newspapers’ stance towards the Syrian refugee crisis: An appraisal model study', Discourse and Society, vol. 30, pp. 1 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0957926518801079

I act as literacy development consultant for a group of primary schools identified as having students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. I act in a similar capacity in a project developing teaching and learning resources for literacy developments in remote-area indigenous schools in the Anangu lands of northern South Australia.

I review for a number of academic journals including Discourse and Society, Critical Discourse Studies, Discourse, Context and Media, Functions of Language, and Functional Linguistics.

My Teaching

Currently supervising PhD students in the following topic areas:

  • journalistics discourse analysis (including contrastive studies),
  • political discourse analysis,
  • translation and interpretting studies,
  • contrastive linguistics and constrastive discourse analysis (across cultures and languages),
  • educational linguistics (issues in academic English, literacy development, ESL/EFL, genre-based pedagogy),
  • the language of evaluation and intersubjective stance,
  • argumentation theory and the language of persuasion,
  • critical discourse analysis.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Convener: News Reporting (MDIA1004)
  • Convener: Advanced Media Writing (MDIA2003)
  • Convener: Analysing Media Communication (MDIA2002)