UK Linguistics Olympiad
Linguists at Richard Huish College recently took part in this year’s UK Linguistics Olympiad which saw them analysing obscure languages.
The national competition is designed to introduce students to linguistics as a subject by challenging them to think about language in a new way. The students had to work out the patterns and complete tasks in languages which are completely unknown to them, developing their awareness of different linguistic systems.
The students, who are studying A Levels in French, German and Spanish, were challenged to solve five demanding puzzles which this year focused on the languages of Tamil, Maori and Choctaw, a Native American language, among others.
After an intense two and a half hour exam, they were rewarded with certificates and a sense of achievement. The Linguistics Olympiad is one of the regular language-based enrichments available at the College.