Two bronze medals for the Dutch team at the International Linguistics Olympiad
The Dutch team has won two bronze medals and two honourable mentions at the 13th International Linguistics Olympiad, which was held July 20-24th in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.
The Dutch team consisted of four high school students: Lorenzo Oechies (17), Pim Spelier (15), Cid Swanenvleugel (17) and Abe ten Voorde (18). Pim won a bronze medal at the individual contest, a six hour contest in which the contestants had to work on a variety of linguistic problems, such as the numeral system of Nahuatl and the metrical rules of Somali poetry. Cid and Abe received honourable mentions for their results at the same contest. The individual contest was won by students from the USA, the UK, Bulgaria and Ukraine.
Furthermore, the Dutch team won a bronze medal at the team contest, where the contestants had to translate a travel document in Northern Soto using only parts of a monolingual dictionary. The team contest was won by a team from the UK. More than 160 high school students from 29 countries competed in the Olympiad.
The Dutch team was selected via the Taalkunde Olympiade, a national competition in linguistics for high school students which is organised anually by the LUCL. This year more than 150 students competed. In september Lorenzo and Cid will start the bachelor in linguistics in Leiden.
(4 August 2015/Milan Lopuhaä)