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FYI: 3rd International Linguistics Olympiad

Author: Richard Hudson

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

FYI Body: Dear colleagues,

We are happy to announce the Third International Linguistics Olympiad for secondary school students, which will take place from 8 to 12 August 2005 in the beautiful town of Leiden, The Netherlands.

The world's First International Olympiad in Linguistics was successfully held in September 2003 in the mountain resort Borovetz, Bulgaria. The second edition was held in August 2004 in the Russian capital, Moscow (more information about this event can be found at The idea of holding an International Olympiad stems from the experience with the Olympiads in Linguistics and Mathematics in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Since 1984, linguistic contests have also been
regularly held in Bulgaria. In recent years similar events have been organised in the United States and the Netherlands. Selections of problems from past events are available at
(in English, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Estonian and Russian), at (in Russian) and at (in Dutch).

We invite the participation of teams, consisting of one team leader and up to four contestants. The contestants must be students of a school for secondary education, or they must have graduated from secondary education in 2005. Teams may represent individual cities as well as countries (one team per city; the Organising Committee also reserves the right to place a limit on the number of teams from one country). Those requiring a visa to enter The Netherlands will receive assistance with the formalities.

Competitors will need no special knowledge to solve the problems offered at the International Olympiad. Each linguistic problem is dedicated to some interesting phenomenon in one or several languages. There will be two contests: an individual contest and a team contest.
For preliminary registration for participation in the International Olympiad, write to or
(Alexander Lubotsky) no later than* 1** April 2005*. If possible, indicate the approximate age of the contestants and their experience, if any, with solving linguistic problems. Teams which fail to meet this deadline are not guaranteed the right of participation. The final application must be sent by the team leader by* 31 May 2005*; it must contain the list of team members together with the language in which each of them wishes to have the
problems of the individual contest, as well as the language in which the team will receive the problems of the team contest.

Dr. Michiel de Vaan,
Chair of the Organising Committee.

The/ Local Organising Committee of the Third International Linguistic
Olympics, Leiden 2005/, consists of:
Dr. M.A.C. de Vaan, Dept. of Comparative Linguistics, Leiden
University (Chair)
Prof.dr. A.M. Lubotsky, Dept. of Comparative Linguistics, LU
Drs. A. Kloekhorst, Dept. of Comparative Linguistics, LU
Drs. J. Zweijtzer, Faculty of Arts, LU
E. Najetovic, student of General Linguistics, LU

Richard Hudson, FBA,
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics,
University College London

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