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No need to be possessive about apostrophes

14 September 2016

Inside Language | The little dot with the tail – where did it come from and where is it going? Peter Clarke talks to linguist Kate Burridge


Kate Burridge and Peter Clarke explore the erratic history, contentious present and far-from-certain future of this tricky piece of punctuation.

Duration: 9 mins 4 secs

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On the slippery slope with rorters and fraudsters

Kate Burridge & Peter Clarke

8 January 2016

Inside Language | Linguist Kate Burridge talks to Peter Clarke about how a jolly old time became the province of fraudsters and other dubious characters

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Rorty times: “Drinking Party at Bob Sawyer’s,” an illustration in Charles Dickens’s The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Wikimedia

Rorty times: “Drinking Party at Bob Sawyer’s,” an illustration in Charles Dickens’s The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Wikimedia