Ireland wins Honourable Mention at International Linguistics Olympiad

Ireland’s top four secondary school decoders have been representing their country at the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) in the Isle Of Man this week.

29 July 2022: The Irish team has taken home an honourable mention from the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), taking place in the Isle of Man this week. The Irish team is made up of the top four students from the 2022 All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) which is run by ADAPT, the SFI Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology, at the School of Computing, Dublin City University.

The team members are Eoin Boushel (Belvedere College), Finn Wallace (CBC Monkstown), Justin Cunningham (Patrician Secondary School Newbridge) and Arthur McKeever (Methodist College Belfast). Arthur McKeever won an honourable mention in the Individual Round.

Picture (L-R) Eoin Boushel (Belvedere College), Finn Wallace (CBC Monkstown), Justin Cunningham (Patrician Secondary School Newbridge) and Arthur McKeever (Methodist College Belfast).

In the IOL, the students come up against 200 of the top linguistic problem-solvers, from 30 countries, to tackle some of the toughest puzzles in logic and linguistics in little-known languages from all over the globe. The students faced a 6-hour individual round paper on Tuesday tackling problems such as Ubykh, whose last native speaker died in 1992. They also sat a challenging 4-hour team round on Wednesday. Co-team leader Dr Cara Greene of ADAPT (along with Prof Harold Somers) said, “Well done to the whole team. They have done Ireland proud and it’s been so wonderful for the students to be back at the IOL in person”.

 

 

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