Welcome to the UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO)
UKLO is a competition for students who are still at secondary school, in which they have to solve linguistic data problems. Similar competitions happen in a number of other countries, though it’s only recently that they’ve taken place in English-speaking countries.
The UK Olympiad is part of a consortium of English Language Computational Linguistics Olympiads which developed out of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (for USA and Canada) in 2009, with two other anglophone countries taking part: Australia and Ireland. The consortium shares test materials so its member countries coordinate their test times.
The UK Olympiad also enters a team in the International Linguistics Olympiad . International olympiads for school students exist in a number of other subjects, especially in mathematics and the natural sciences; but they also include olympiads in philosophy and geography.
For a sample of past problems, click here.
For the educational rationale behind Linguistics Olympiads, click here.
For lists of all the people who make UKLO work, click here.
For UKLO communications and news, click here.
For the UKLO blog, click here.
For the history and geography of the Linguistics Olympiads:
For the archive of webpages from previous years, click here.
For a list of successes at the International Linguistics Olympiad, click here.
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