LINGUIST List 19.2642

Fri Aug 29 2008

FYI: Sixth International Olympiad in Linguistics

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        1.    Ivan Derzhanski, Sixth International Olympiad in Linguistics

Message 1: Sixth International Olympiad in Linguistics
Date: 27-Aug-2008
From: Ivan Derzhanski <>
Subject: Sixth International Olympiad in Linguistics
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Dear colleagues,

The Sixth International Olympiad in Theoretical, Mathematical and AppliedLinguistics for secondary school students was held in the Black Sea resortSunny Beach, Bulgaria, from 4 to 9 August 2008.

The Olympiad saw the participation of 16 teams of four contestants each.Eleven countries were represented: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, theNetherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, the US and (for the first time thisyear) Germany, Slovenia and South Korea.

The site <> contains information onthe International Olympiad in Linguistics and its sixth instalment. Theproblems (statements and solutions)in the nine working languages of IOL-6 (Russian, Bulgarian, Slovene,Polish, Swedish, English, Dutch, German and Estonian) can also be found at

If you can compose such problems, or would like to take part in theirediting (as a test solver, solvability prover, estimator of difficulty anddetector of parasitic solutions), or are interested in training a team ofsecondary school students for participation in forthcoming editions of theIOL, we would love to hear from you. Write to me (iad58g at

And watch this space for an announcement of the next IOL, which will mostlikely take place in Poland in the summer of 2009.

Ivan A Derzhanski,Chair of the Problem Committee and the International Jury of the SixthInternational Olympiad in Linguistics

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics; General Linguistics