The Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) was founded in 2001 by the internationally renowned linguist Michael Clyne (1939-2010) when he was professorial fellow in linguistics at the University of Melbourne.

RUMACCC conducts research in Australian and international contexts in fields such as:

  • the maintenance and development of bi- and multilingualism, including language demography
  • language in social context
  • bilingual education
  • second language acquisition
  • inter-cultural communication
  • language policy
  • the provision and uptake of languages study in Australia

RUMACCC then disseminates the results of this research, facilitating cooperation between researchers, those who are the subjects of research, and the potential users of that research. In particular, the unit conducts regular free workshops for parents raising their children in more than one language, teachers and others interested in bilingual education. Check the news section on this page for upcoming workshops.

RUMACCC is located in the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne.