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.
Indigenous Scholar Scheme
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
Learn about Australian Indigenous Languages
Helpful videos and links to external sites for those interested in learning more about Australian 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
Covid-19 Language Resources