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.
- Written with Alex Bergs, Understanding Language Change offers a complete introduction to historical linguistics and language change. The book takes a step-by-step approach, first by introducing concepts through English examples and building on this with illustrations from other languages. Read more
- Written together with Tonya Stebbins For the Love of Language: An Introduction to Linguistics offers a comprehensive introduction to the workings of language and the role of linguistics in investigating its fundamental design. Read more
- Wrestling with Words and Meanings: Essays in Honour of Keith Allan – Edited by Kate Burridge & Reka Benczes (Book).Wrestling with Words and Meanings honours the life and career of Professor Allan, commemorating at the same time the occasion of his 70th birthday. It brings together top-level researchers in linguistics – colleagues, collaborators and former students, who have all been inspired by Allan’s work in some way. These appropriately eclectic contributions are organized into ... Read more
- In her latest post on Boobook education’s Lingofile blog, Kate discusses the newest words added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in 2014. Some of her favourites include hot mess, listicle and humblebrag. Find out more by reading the full article here. Published on Tuesday, 19 August 2014. Read more
- Download this m4a of Kate’s paper on Euphemism and Language Change: The Sixth and Seventh Ages. Presented at Griffith University on March 27, 2012. Read more
- In this enlightening talk at TEDx in Sydney, Kate Burridge discusses one of her research interests: Euphemisms. She draws from the vast array of examples from the English Language to illustrate how people talk about the subjects they would rather NOT talk about. Kate’s talk took place at TEDxSydney 2012, on Saturday 26 May at Carriageworks. ... Read more
- Kate Burridge, resident writer at Boobook Education, writes on language errors and how slips of the ear/brain can bring about language change. Access the article ‘Now is the winter of our discotent’ here. Read more