The International Linguistics Olympiad is an annual competition for high school students from around the world. Participants in the Olympiad solve problems from a variety of languages, using the same same skills that linguists use in linguistic analysis. This year's Olympiad included problem sets from languages as diverse as Benabena, Kiowa, Engenni, Gbaya and Armenian. The Olympiad is one of the primary ways in which we can reach out to high school students, and is therefore important to ensuring the future growth and vitality of our field.
We are fortunate that one of our very own UM linguists Dragomir Radev (Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and of Linguistics) has had a longstanding involvement with the Olympiad. Drago has coached the US team for the past eight years, and he lead the team to victory at the recent 12th International Linguistics Olympiad, held during July in Beijing. We are also grateful to Sally Thomason and Steve Abney who again acted as hosts for the local UM site of the Linguistics Olympiad.
A full report on the Drago and US team's performance at the Olympiad is available at this link.