The Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL) is the first of its kind in Australia. We work with Indigenous communities across Australia and the region to expand and strengthen Indigenous language research, and to support efforts by communities to maintain their linguistic and cultural heritage.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which The University of Melbourne sits, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.
Our researchers work on Indigenous languages in Australia and the region.
Information about our current research and other activities is also included in our Newsletter.
RUIL in the media
A collection of publications by Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL) team members to increase general knowledge of issues surrounding Indigenous languages.
Whenever possible the Research Unit for Indigenous Language record our public lectures and make them available for you to watch. Enjoy!
A sample of projects Research Unit for Indigenous Language team members are carrying out in the community.
Extraordinary Bequest Extends Opportunities to Develop Indigenous Language Research
The Research Unit for Indigenous Language has received an incredibly generous bequest from the estate of Mr Duncan Elphinstone McBryde Leary, enabling the unit to continue and expand our work. Gifts such as the Leary Bequest extend RUIL’s capacity to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by Indigenous linguistic complexity.News
RUIL Public Lecture: about our presenters
On Tuesday 30 May, 6-7pm, RUIL will hold our next free public lecture, presented by Greg Dickson and Grant Thompson: 'Something lost, something found: Kriol of Northern Australia'. Here we show you a snippet of the great work Greg and Grant are doing.News
April 2017 edition of RUIL Research Newsletter
We are very pleased to announce that our April 2017 edition of the RUIL Research Newsletter has been released.News
RUIL exhibits in Digital Visions showcase
At the recent Melbourne Knowledge Week event, Digital Visions: Showcasing the Future of Cultural Research, The Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL) presented two projects: first, Glossopticon: a Virtual Reality experience allowing users to navigate and explore samples of languages from across Melanesia; and second, a presentation of the Digital Daisy Bates archive which collates 24,000 pages of notes and questionnaires featuring Indigenous languages from the early 1900sNews
November edition of RUIL Research Newsletter
We are very pleased to announce that our November edition of the RUIL Research Newsletter has been released.Newsletter
Video of public lecture now online
The video of our most recent public lecture by Associate Professor Nicholas Reid, 'Aboriginal memories of inundation of the Australian coast', is now available to view online.News
Bilingual nun Tess Ward honoured for her work in remote Indigenous community
In recognition of decades of work in bilingual education in the remote community of Wadeye, Sr. Tess Ward has received an Order of Australia.News
July edition of RUIL Research Newsletter
We are very pleased to announce that our July edition of the RUIL Research Newsletter has been released.News
RUIL team members attend WANALA Aboriginal Languages conference
Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL) members Rachel Nordinger and Nick Thieberger attended the 2016 WANALA Aboriginal Languages Conference and presented training sessions in Elan and recording techniques, as well as talking about the Daisy Bates project and the nature of adjectives and adverbs in Australian languages.News
Research Unit for Indigenous Language team members conduct training programs: here you will find out more about some select workshops
Training resources for Community Language Workers
Helpful videos and links to external sites for people using linguistic software to work on Indigenous languages
Resources created to support various training programs
Ethical guidelines for researchers in Aboriginal communities
Research Unit for Indigenous Language team member Dr Brett Baker recently gave a presentation for the Office for Research Ethics and Integrity (OREI, The University of Melbourne) concerning ethical guidelines for researchers working with Aboriginal communities.
These web pages are aimed at providing links to some of the great resources that are available, as well as some wonderful stories about the work that different groups are doing around Australia.
Inspiring projects around Australia