14th International Linguistics Olympiad, held in city

The 14th International Linguistics Olympiad was held at the Infosys campus in the city on Saturday. Over 170 students representing 30 countries, including India, USA, Japan, Germany and Singapore among others, gathered to test their minds against the world’s toughest puzzles in language and linguistics.

Aalok Sathe, a student from Pune, won the bronze medal. The top three individual scorers included Jaeyeong Yang from Republic of Korea, James Wedgwood from USA and Liam Robert McKnight from UK. Teams from Sweden, Australia and UK took the top three positions in the team contest.

 The ILO, which is for secondary school students, has been held annually since its inception in 2003. It is one of the 12 international science Olympiads. Computational thinking, analytical reasoning and logical deduction were the focus of this year’s global competition, co-organized by Microsoft Research to encourage computational thinking and the study of linguistics among students.

 The five-day long event comprised two competitive individual tests, team contests, jeopardy-style quizzes and cultural performances introducing global students to the rich and diverse (cultural) heritage of India. 

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