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They might have started off meaning the same things, but words acquire all kinds of baggage along the way - which means that mutts, hounds, curs and canine quadrupeds aren't interchangeable, despite what the thesaurus might imply. Interview originall...
When Harvard cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker listed fifty-eight commonly misused words in his latest book, The Sense of Style, he set off a renewed debate about language and its evolution. But is he trying to hang on to distinctions mo...
Content contains strong language. Once a word attracts negative connotations there seems to be no going back, linguist Kate Burridge tells Peter Clarke in the second of a series of Inside Language podcasts. Interview originally appeared on the Inside...
After nearly a quarter of a century collecting data among the Mennonites of southern Ontario, Kate Burridge is identifying the broader linguistic implications of her research. She talks to Peter Clarke. Interview originally appeared on the Inside Sto...
Nouns and verbs aren't the only parts of the language on the move, says Kate Burridge. She talks to Peter Clarke about the evolution of that short but unequivocal word, "not". Interview originally appeared on the Inside Story website, 8 April 2016.
English is peppered with contronyms - those words that mean one thing in one context, and the opposite in another. Where do they come from and what do they signify, asks linguist Kate Burridge in this conversation with Peter Clarke. Interview origina...
Dutch courage, French letters, it's all Greek to me... In the latest Inside Language podcast, Peter Clarke talks to linguist Kate Burridge about how outmoded attitudes have hung around in English. Interview originally appeared on the Inside Story web...
For the first time, the people and the Macquarie Dictionary committee have agreed on the same Word of the Year: 'captain's call'. Kate Burridge and Peter Clarke look at that newly iconic phrase, and some runners-up among the annual crop. Interview or...