Topic 2 Historical Linguistics
|2022||AILO Champion||Eoin Boushel||Belvedere College|
|2022||2nd Place||Finn Wallace||CBC Monkstown|
|2022||3rd Place||Justin Cunningham||Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge|
|2022||4th Place||Matthew McKeever||Methodist College Belfast|
|2022||Junior Champion||Turlagh McDaid||St.Columba’s Comprehensive|
|2022||2nd Place||Adam Cunningham||Coláiste an Eachréidh, Galway|
|2022||3rd Place||Finn O’Toole||St.Vincents Castleknock College|
|2022||4th Place||Niamh Armstrong||Meánscoil Gharman, Wexford|
|2022||Team Winners||Henry Li||Gonzaga|
100 young linguistic problem-solvers competed at the national finals of the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) in ADAPT at Dublin City University (DCU) on Wednesday 1st March 2023. Run by ADAPT, the world-leading SFI Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology, the contest challenges secondary school students to apply logic and reasoning skills to solve complex puzzles in unfamiliar languages.
This year’s AILO Champion is Naoise Sheridan (17) from Tullamore College, Offaly who has earned a place representing Ireland at the 20th anniversary International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) in Bansko, Bulgaria in July 2023. Joining Naoise on the international team are Finn Wallace (17) from CBC Monkstown, Dublin (who was on the team in 2022), Paddy Clancy (17) from St Vincent’s Castleknock, Dublin and Megan Boland (17) from Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Tipperary. Megan was previously Junior Champion in 2021.
The 2023 Junior Champion is Michael Costello (15) from St Kilian’s Deutsche Schule. Second place Junior went to Gráinne Scott (15) from Presentation Community College Terenure. Daniel Scally (15) and Oisín Sheridan (15) from Tullamore College got third place and fourth place Junior. The team competition in the afternoon was won by St Kilian’s Deutsche Schule in Dublin.
The 100 national finalists, from 49 schools in 21 counties, had come through preliminary rounds held in schools all over the island in January. More than 3,500 students registered for this year’s contest. Competing in individual and team rounds, the finalists are faced with anything from deciphering ancient Norse scripts about Thor to working out unusual counting systems such as Bukiyip where there are two counting systems, depending on what you are counting!
The AILO finals see teenagers solve puzzles that require lateral thinking skills and the ability to think outside the box. Students must analyse the language data they are given to work out the ‘rules’ of the new language. These transferable skills are critical in preparing young people for a wide range of careers in computing, linguistics and language.
Sample puzzles from the Olympiad can be downloaded at http://tempailo.adaptcentre.ie/sample-puzzles/
100 of Ireland’s top linguistic problem-solvers are coming to ADAPT DCU on Wednesday 1st March 2023 for the National Final of the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO). The students will compete in a 2.5 hour individual round in the morning followed by a fun team round in the afternoon made up of regional teams.
Students from Le Chéile Secondary School in Ballincollig, Cork taking the Preliminary Round in January. Photo courtesy of Le Chéile Secondary School.
The students qualified from over 1,000 students (from 106 schools in 30 counties) who took part in the Preliminary Round of AILO from their own schools at the end January. Students in the individual round will be competing for a place representing Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Bansko in July 2023.
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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AILO 2022/2023 Workshop Materials
AILO 2021/2022 Workshop Materials
AILO 2020/2021 Workshop Materials
2019/2020 Workshop Materials
AILO 2018/2019 Workshop Materials
AILO 2017/2018 Workshop Materials