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Online Olympiad in Linguistics 2020

January 24–27, 2020

We are pleased to announce that the second Online Olympiad in Linguistics is taking place this January. Secondary/high school students from any country are eligible to participate.

The 2020 Olympiad started on Friday, January 24 (7:00 amUTC) and runs until Monday, January 27 (10:00 pmUTC). In order to participate, you must have registered for the competition. You can begin working on the problems at any time during the contest period. From the moment you first see the test, you will have 4 hours and 30 minutes to work on the problems and type in your answers. (Less time will be available if you start the test after 5:30 pmUTC on January 27.) You do not need to explain your answers in this year’s contest.

The test consists of four problems of varying difficulty. Some of the problems are interactive, and some feature audio or video. You’ll probably need a laptop or a desktop computer and a set of headphones to work comfortably. The problems are self-sufficient—you don’t need to have any prior knowledge of linguistics or languages to participate (apart from your chosen working language).

We currently offer English, Russian, Spanish, German, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian, Polish, Ukrainian, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Japanese, and Korean as working languages: the problem set is available in each of these languages, and you can use any of them when inputting your answers. You can specify your working language during registration and update your preference in the contest area before you start working on the problems. Your choice, however, becomes final once you have seen the problem set.

The results of the contest will be published no later than January 31. Contestants will be able to appeal the results until February 2.

During the contest, participants are required to work individually and are not allowed to use any outside help. In particular, any interaction with other people or the Internet (apart from this website) is prohibited.

If you’ve got any questions or have encountered any issues, please contact us at  or via our Facebook page.

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Updated January 25, 2020

Practice Contest 2020

January 17–20, 2020

This year’s practice contest started on Friday, January 17 (7:00 amUTC) and lasted until Monday, January 20 (10:00 pmUTC). Contestants could begin working on the problems at any time during this period. From the moment they first saw the test, they had exactly three hours to work on the problems and type in their answers. Explanations were not required.

The contest consisted of an audio problem, for which a contestant would need a speaker or a set of headphones, and an interactive problem, best accessible from a laptop or a desktop computer.

Since the contest was held for practice purposes only, the results will not be published.

Problems & Answers

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Updated January 20, 2020

Online Olympiad in Linguistics 2019

January 25–28, 2019

The Online Olympiad in Linguistics 2019 started on Friday, January 25 (7:00 amUTC) and lasted till Monday, January 28 (10:00 pmUTC). Participants could begin working on the problems at any time during this period. From the moment they first saw the test, they had exactly four hours to work on the problems and type in their answers (explanations were not required for this year’s contest). Less time was available for those who started after 6:00 pm on Monday.

The test consisted of four problems of varying difficulty. Two of the problems were interactive, and the other two involved multimedia materials.

The final results of the contest can be found here.

One does not need to have any prior knowledge of linguistics or languages to solve the problems, as each problem is self-sufficient.

During the contest, participants were required to work individually and were not allowed to use any outside help. In particular, any interaction with other people or the Internet (apart from this website) was prohibited.

Secondary/high school students from any country were eligible to participate.

The contest is currently held in English, Russian, and Ukrainian (meaning that the problem set is available in each of these languages). We are working on adding more languages in the future editions of the Olympiad.

Results

Problems & Answers: in English, Russian, and Ukrainian

Contest Area

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Updated February 4, 2019

Practice Contest 2019

January 18–21, 2019

The practice contest started on Friday, January 18 (7:00 amUTC) and lasted till Monday, January 21 (10:00 pmUTC). Participants could begin working on the problems at any time during this period. From the moment they first saw the test, they had exactly three hours to work on the problems and type in their answers (explanations were not required).

The contest consisted of two problems: an interactive problem and a multimedia one.

As the contest was held for practice purposes only, its results will not be published.

Problems & Answers: in English, Russian, and Ukrainian

Contest Area

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Updated January 22, 2019