Monday, July 30, 2018

New post on the IOL-facebook page July 30, 2018 at 03:57PM

FINAL RESULTS (IOL 2018, Prague) 1) Individual Contest Winner: Przemysław Podleśny (Poland - Biali) 95+ points 2) Best Average Team: USA Blue (Benjamin LaFond, Russell Emerine, Pranav Krishna, Mihir Singhal) 3) Team Contest (Gold Medal): USA Blue (Benjamin LaFond, Russell Emerine, Pranav Krishna, Mihir Singhal)
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

New post on the IOL-facebook page July 26, 2018 at 09:34PM

The Individual Contest starts tomorrow at 9:00 AM in the yellow building (FAPPZ). There will be volunteers available in front of the Jih building at 8:30 AM to guide you there if you're not sure where to go. Make sure to pick up your lunch boxes at the canteen during the breakfast so that you have enough energy for problem solving! Good luck to all 🤖 #IOLing
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Friday, July 20, 2018

New post on the IOL-facebook page July 20, 2018 at 11:33PM

What languages do you know? This year the problem set will be available in 19 languages. However, our contestants and team leaders probably speak more languages than that! Can anyone beat our multilingual jury's competence? Let's see! Comment the languages you know. You can add in your competence level too, in CEFR (A1 - C2) or however you chose to describe how well you know it. #IOLing
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The 19 languages of this years IOL 2018 in Prague

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Every year in the International Linguistics Olympiad we feature a multitude of different languages both in the problem sets themselves, and also as spoken by the contestants. The contestants are also able to receive the problem and hand in the solution in some other languages besides English. It is common for international olympiads to have the problem set in several different languages, we don't want to be biased against non-English speakers - in particular not at a linguistics contest. If you want to know more about the multilingual workings of the IOL, go here.

We won't reveal anything about the problem set before hand, of course, but we are hereby announcing the languages in which the contest will receive the problems and that they can answer in.

Languages of the IOL 2018
  1. English (European & North American) 
  2. Hungarian 
  3. Swedish 
  4. Russian 
  5. Ukrainian 
  6. Estonian 
  7. Danish 
  8. Polish 
  9. French 
  10. Chinese (Traditional & Simplified)
  11. Portuguese (Brazilian) 
  12. Japanese 
  13. Czech 
  14. Slovene 
  15. Dutch 
  16. Romanian 
  17. Bulgarian 
  18. Korean 
  19. Nepali

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Prague 2018 online following

This years event will take place soon in Prague, Czechia. The international contest is organised by the Czech Linguistics Olympiad, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University with the support of Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.

During the contest, you can follow us by checking out the #ioling hasthtag on social media, following our social media accounts and websites.
If you're a contestant or team leader present during the contest in Prague, please tag your pictures and posts with #IOLing so that we all see and share in the excitement!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Pakistan will not participate at IOL 2018 in Prague

We are sad to inform the IOL-community that Pakistan will not be attending the 16th International Olympiad of Linguistics in Prague 2018.

We kindly ask that you direct any questions about the Pakistani delegation to their official email: The website of the Linguistics Society of Pakistan and the contest is:, you can go there to read more.

As a representative of the board, I would also like to take this opportunity to clarify some details of the IOL organisation. The IOL is organised by a coalition of linguists and other scholars from around the world. Here follows a brief outline of the bodies of the IOL, please read our rules for more detail.

  • The IOL-board - works throughout the year, elected by IOC (see below), deals with accreditation, overarching organisational matters, communication and more.
  • The Local Organising Committee (LOC) - based at the institution that is hosting the event each year, deals with registration, accomodation, schedule and other practical details of the actual contest
  • The Problem Committee (PC) - creates and manages the translation of the problem sets
  • The Jury - consists of a subset and associates of the PC, does the actual marking at the contest
  • The International Organising Committee (IOC) - representatives of accredited contest and members of the jury. Meets during the contest, elects board, confirms future locations and makes other important decisions about the contest (changes in rules etc)
All of this is outlined in our rules in much more detail, you can find them here:

The IOL governs which contests are accredited and the rules and goings-on of the international contest. The IOL does not manage details of each individual contest, kindly do not contact us regarding specific matters of contests (unless you are unable to get information from the contest organisers, in which case we are likely to want to know that). You can contact the IOL here.

Thank you.

/Hedvig (PR-chair together with Simona)