Students warming up for Linguistics Olympiad

Published 04 March 2010

linguistics2On Wednesday, March 24, the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO) will be held at the University of New England (UNE). This will mark the first time the competition has been held at UNE.

This Australia-wide competition is designed for students from Years 9-12 and involves solving language-based analytical problems. Winners of the Australian competition then continue on to participate in the international competition, which in 2010 will be held in Stockholm.

OzCLO aims to promote awareness of linguistics while, at the same time, offering students the opportunity to learn, have fun, and meet students from other schools around northern NSW. While the competition has been going in Australia since 2008, this is the first time that UNE will be hosting it, and UNE is proud to be the first regional university in Australia to participate in this event.

The Competition consists of a State Round and a National Round, with students working in teams of four at Junior (yrs 9-10) and Senior (yrs11-12) levels. The top three Junior and Senior teams from the State Round at UNE go on to the National Round, competing against students from other Australian universities. Winners of the National Round then have the opportunity to travel to Stockholm to compete internationally.

UNE will be holding an optional Training Session on Wednesday, March 10 from 2-5pm for schools interested in picking up some problem solving tips.  Schools wishing to register for the event are advised to contact Dr Cindy Schneider (cindy.schneider@une.edu.au; 02 6773 2483) or Ms Pam Roberts (pam.roberts@une.edu.au; 02 6773 5147) as soon as possible, as student numbers are limited.

Further information on OzCLO is available through their website: http://www.ozclo.org.au/.