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Department of Linguistics

languages in australia

English is the national language of Australia but Australians speak around 200 different languages, including many Indigenous languages. The 2006 census found that 79% of people speak only English at home. The most common languages spoken at home other than English were: Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic and Mandarin.

The Research Unit for Multilingualism & Cross-Cultural Communication located in the School of Languages & Linguistics at The University of Melbourne provides an extensive set of resources on multicultural communication in Australia.
Research Unit for Multilingualism & Cross-Cultural Communication

Read the transcript of an interview with Professor Michael Clyne, Honorary Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne, Emeritus Professor at Monash University, and advocate of multiculturalism and the importance of language diversity.
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/ling/stories/s1516223.htm