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Thu Feb 02 2006

FYI: The Fourth Linguistic Olympiad

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        1.    Renate Pajusalu, The Fourth Linguistic Olympiad

Message 1: The Fourth Linguistic Olympiad
Date: 01-Feb-2006
From: Renate Pajusalu <renate.pajusaluut.ee>
Subject: The Fourth Linguistic Olympiad

Fourth International Linguistics Olympiad for Secondary School Students

First Call for Participation

Dear colleagues,
We are happy to announce the Fourth International Linguistics Olympiad for
secondary school students, to take place from 1 to 6 August 2006 at the
University of Tartu, Estonia. (See www.ut.ee/index.aw/set_lang_id=2, you
will find the University’s introductory video and the ‘For visitors’
section under general information).

The world’s First International Olympiad in Linguistics was successfully
held in Borovetz, Bulgaria in September 2003 (for more information see
http://www.philol.msu.ru/~otipl/new/main/mol/sum-2003-en.php?page=0). The
Second Olympiad was held in Moscow, Russia, in August 2004
(http://www.philol.msu.ru/~otipl/new/main/mol/index-en.php) and the Third
Olympiad in Leiden, the Netherlands, in August 2005 (see
http://www.ilo3.leidenuniv.nl). The idea of holding an International
Olympiad stems from a long tradition of Linguistics and Mathematics
Olympiads organised in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Since 1984,
linguistic contests have also been regularly held in Bulgaria. In recent
years similar events have been organised in the United States, the
Netherlands, Estonia, Finland and other countries.

We invite the participation of teams consisting of one team leader and four
contestants who at the time of the Fourth International Olympiad must be
registered as students at a secondary school or have graduated from
secondary school in 2006. Teams may represent individual countries as well
as cities (one team per city; the Organising Committee also reserves the
right to impose a limit on the number of teams allowed from one country).

Those requiring a visa to enter Estonia will receive assistance with the

Competitors will need no special knowledge to solve the problem sets
presented at the International Olympiad. Each set is informed by an
interesting phenomenon in one or several languages. There will be two
contests: an individual and a team one.
A selection of problems from past events is available at

in Russian at

in Dutch at

in Estonian at

Please send your expressions of interest to participate in the
International Olympiad to Reeli Torn (reeli.tornut.ee) or Olga
Gerassimenko (olga.gerassimenkogmail.com) by 15 March 2006. If possible,
indicate the approximate age of the contestants and their experience, if
any, in solving linguistic problems. Teams that fail to meet the expression
of interest deadline will not be guaranteed a place in the contests. Teams
will be notified of acceptance by 15 April 2006. The team leader must
submit a final application by 31 May 2006; it must contain a list of team
members, indicating their languages of preference for the problem sets of
the individual contest, as well as the language of preference for the team

Yours sincerely,
Renate Pajusalu
Chair of the Organising Committee
Associate Professor of General Linguistics, University of Tartu

The Organisers of the Fourth International Linguistic Olympics, Tartu 2006:
Chair of General Linguistics, Department of Estonian and Finno-Ugric
Linguistics, University of Tartu
The Gifted and Talented Development Centre, University of Tartu

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

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