Last year, Swinburne was touched by great sadness when our Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development, George Collins, passed away unexpectedly in November. George was a highly respected applied physicist, trusted colleague and friend of Swinburne and a fervent believer in the importance of applied research. The George Collins Memorial Fund was established to allow colleagues and friends who wish to commemorate George's life and commitment to research by making a gift. Donations to this fund have been used to support the George Collins Oration so that George's passion for people and research may continue. The oration is delivered by three researchers, who each give a 15-minute presentation on the innovative research they have been undertaking in physics and astrophysics, two fields of which George was a strong supporter. Each presentation is followed by a live musical performance by George's family members to honour his love of music. Recorded on Wednesday 29 July 2015.
Black Saturday seared itself into the history books and the memories of many on 7 February 2009. The grieving, the slow recovery and the debates continue. Over missions of years, the world's tallest flowering plants, the great Mountain Ash eucalypts of the forests of Victoria, have evolved as "fire weeds" ensuring their survival by spreading their seeds in ash beds open to the light previously shadowed by their towering canopies. They die to survive. Their cycles are much longer than ours. But their special relationship to the inevitability of devastating fires withing the "fire flume" of the Victorian bush offers a tough but essential lesson for the local communities and policy makers at both state and federal levels, as historian Tom Griffiths (Australian National University) tells Peter Clarke.
Kate Burridge and Peter Clarke explore the erratic history, contentious present and far-from-certain future of this tricky piece of punctuation. Interview originally appeared on the Inside Story website, 14 September 2016.
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 Story website, 17 January 2016.
Ted Cruz has gone; Bernie Sanders's numbers still don't add up… it looks like Clinton vs Trump in November. Political scientist Simon Jackman talks to Inside Story podcast editor Peter Clarke about how the contest is likely to unfold and what it means for Congress and the post-2016 political scene. Interview originally appeared on the Inside Story website, 4 May 2016.
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 originally appeared on the Inside Story website, 12 October 2016.
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 most of us no longer recognise, ask Kate Burridge and Peter Clarke. Interview originally appeared on the Inside Story website, 12 February 2016.
Benedict Cumberbatch set off a small storm when he unconsciously pronounced penguin as "pengwing" in a recent wildlife documentary. For linguist Kate Burridge, it was another case of "distance assimilation," one of the ways we tend to harmonise the elements of difficult words as we speak. In the first of a series of Inside Language podcasts, she talks to Peter Clarke. Interview originally appeared on the Inside Story website, 7 January 2016.
Small words can create big problems. In the latest Inside Langage podcast, Peter Clarke talks to linguist Kate Burridge about misplaced pronouns. Interview originally appeared on the Inside Story website, 24 June 2016.
Kate Burridge and Peter Clarke discuss how and why we turn nouns into verbs into adjectives. Interview originally appeared on the Inside Story website, 28 September 2016.