Aussie students on the linguistics world stage

Last month, two teams of Australian students attended the 13th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) in Bulgaria, putting their problem-solving skills to the test and competing against students from all over the world. The Australian teams joined the international competition after coming first and second in the national round of the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO). These competitions challenge high-school students to find solutions to fun language-based puzzles (with no prior linguistic experience required!).

The teams were:

All Saints Anglican School in Queensland (Team 169, Senior)

  • Alastair Butcher
  • Nitin Niranjan
  • Amareesh Ravirajah
  • Matthew Jones

New South Wales Shore School (Team 227, Senior)

  • Jamie Abel
  • Anthony Ma
  • Chuyi Wang
  • Ben Jefferson

The students all did very well. A bronze medal was awarded to Anthony Ma,  and Jamie Abel received an honourable mention. Well done everyone!

If you think that students at your school might like to try their hand at activities like these, find out more about the OzCLO competition, or download some sample puzzles to share in the classroom!