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Michael George Clyne AM is an Australian linguist and academic.

Educated at Caulfield Grammar School, Clyne studied for his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees at the University of Melbourne, focusing on Germanic and French languages. He undertook further graduate studies in German and general linguistics at Utrecht and Bonn Universities, before joining the German language faculty at Monash University in Melbourne in 1962. He earned a Ph.D. from Monash in 1965, and was a Professor of Linguistics at the University from 1988 to 2001. In 2001 he became a professorial fellow of linguistics at Melbourne University and director of the university's Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication.

Clyne has published numerous books and articles of research in areas of linguistics, particularly in the field of bilingualism. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Linguistics at both the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg and the University of Stuttgart, and been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. He speaks fluent English, German and Dutch, and has also studied French, Italian, Swedish and Norwegian.[1]

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia on June 13, 1993 "for service to education, particularly in the field of linguistics."[2]


  1. ^ Cook, Margaret (20 February 2006). "Towards a bilingual nation". The Age.  
  2. ^ Australian Honours (2006). CLYNE, Michael George. Retrieved July 3, 2006].

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