Grammatical change in Germanic languages
History and structure of English language
Kate is a prominent Australian linguist and the current Chair of Linguistics.
Kate completed her undergraduate training in Linguistics and German at the University of Western Australia. This was followed by three years postgraduate study at the University of London. Kate completed her PhD in 1983 on syntactic change in medieval Dutch.
Amongst other things, Kate is also the author of many books, a regular guest on ABC radio and has presented a TED talk in Sydney on Euphemisms in English.
Kate Burridge's Articles
What's in a name?
"Karen", the name that has become code for boorish, entitled behaviour, joins a long history of names being appropriated for various purposes – often unkindly.
How COVID-19 is changing our language
Times of crisis have always changed our slang, with the help of a little black humour. Coronavirus is no exception.
Putting the ‘arrr’ in pirate
We may no longer say ‘shiver me timbers’, but we still use plenty of pirate words for other things.
This is an awesome story ...
... about those awfully terrific words we use to take language to extremes.
Let's love the lingo
The Aussie accent has been lambasted as "lazy", but this isn't supported by the facts.
Humble letter held hostage by historical haughtiness
An unspoken class war has long been waged around the pronunciation of the letter "h" - is it haitch or aitch?