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Kathryn "Kate" Burridge, FAHA, is a prominent Australian linguist specialising in the Germanic languages. Burridge currently occupies the Chair of Linguistics in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University.[1]

Burridge's work has mainly focused on Pennsylvania German-speaking communities in Canada, grammatical change in Germanic languages, the nature of euphemism and dysphemism, linguistic taboo, and on English grammatical structure in general. She is currently co-editor of the Australian Journal of Linguistics.[2]

Burridge is a regular presenter of language segments on ABC Radio. She appeared weekly as a panellist on ABC TV's Can We Help?,[3][4] and has also appeared on The Einstein Factor.


  • "A Localized Study of Pennsylvania German Dialect in Waterloo County, Ontario" (1989, The Pennsylvania Folklore Society of Ontario).
  • "Euphemism and Dysphemism: Language Used as Shield and Weapon" (1991, Oxford University Press) - co-authored with Keith Allan.
  • "Diachronic Studies on the Languages of the Anabaptists" (1992, Universittsverlag Brockmeyer) - co-edited with Werner Enninger.
  • "Syntactic Change in Germanic" (1993, John Benjamins).
  • "Canada – Australia: Towards a Centenary of Partnership" (1997, Carlton Uni Press) - co-edited with Lois Foster and Gerry Turcotte.
  • "English in Australia and New Zealand - An Introduction to its Structure, History and Use" (1998, Oxford University Press) - co-authored with Jean Mulder.
  • "Introducing English Grammar" (2000, Edward Arnold) - co-authored with Kersti Brjars.
  • "Blooming English: Observations on the roots, cultivation and hybrids of the English Language" (2004, Cambridge University Press; published 2002 by ABC Books).
  • "Weeds in the Garden of Words: further observations on the tangled history of the English language" (2005, Cambridge University Press; published 2004 by ABC Books).
  • "Forbidden Words: Taboo and the Censoring of Language" (2006, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) - co-authored with Keith Allan.


  1. ^ "Professor Kate Burridge". Monash University Faculty of Arts. 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  2. ^ Taylor & Francis Journals: Welcome
  3. ^ Kate Burridge:
  4. ^ ABCTV - Can We Help? - Meet the Team

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