All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad 2017


The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) 2017 – The Problem Solver’s ChallengepastedImage

The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) is a contest in which secondary school students develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating languages from around the globe.  Students must use their ingenuity to solve puzzles such as deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics, decoding numerical spy codes, and interpreting ancient Mayan poetry.  No prior knowledge of linguistics or a second language is required, as even the hardest problems require only logical ability, patient work, and a willingness to think around corners.  AILO introduces students to linguistics (i.e. the study of human language) and to the application of logic to problems of language understanding and translation. The goal is to develop students’ problem-solving skills and to inspire them to consider the fascinating range of careers at the intersection of computing, linguistics and language.
Here at Douglas Community School we are registered again to participate and indeed host exams for the AILO.  The school was one of the first to participate and is now recognised as the premier school in Cork for participation and success in the competition.  Three years ago Daniel Hurley represented Ireland in China in the International Linguistics Olympiad, having done so the previous year in the UK.  Daniel is now a tutor and mentor for participants in the national final.  Last year we had 13 students compete in the preliminary rounds and two students were selected for the national final.  We have also had entrants in the new Junior Category last year and hope to increase participation this year.  Any student with an interest in problem solving or an aptitude in Maths or Languages should contact Cian O Mahony in Room 14 to register.  This year the local competition will be held in the school in early February 2017 and the National Final will be in Dublin in March.
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