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Hong Kong Linguistics Olympiad

Hong Kong Linguistics Olympiad (HKLO)

Organizing Committee
Standing members (in alphabetical order of last names)

Prof. Ahrens, Kathleen, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Prof. Chan, Shui Duen, Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Prof. Huang, Chu-Ren, Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Prof. Li, Chor Shing David, Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Ms. Lim, Juyoung, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Prof. Lu, Qin, Department of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Mr. Pan, Tung-Le, Silver Medalist in the Individual Contest of International Linguistics Olympiad in 2018
Dr. Tay, Dennis, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dr. Yao, Yao, Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Ms. Yen, Jennifer, Parent representative

Sponsoring units

• The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
• Communications and Public Affairs Office, PolyU
• Faculty of Humanities, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
• Department of Chinese Bilingual Studies, PolyU
• Department of English, PolyU
• Department of Computing, PolyU
• The Hong Kong Polytechnic University-Peking University Research Centre on Chinese Linguistics (RP2U2)
• Research Centre for Professional Communication in English (RCPCE)
• Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities (HKAH)
• The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK)

What is the HKLO?

Hong Kong has been accredited by the Board of  International Linguistics Olympiad! The Hong Kong Linguistics Olympiad (HKLO) is a contest for secondary school students in solving linguistic puzzles. These puzzles require only logical ability, patient work and the willingness to think around corners. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is required. Students can learn more about the knowledge of world languages and improve their abilities of observation, logic and awareness of diversity while solving problems involving language data. Everyone is welcome to give it a try to explore the wondrous realm of language and experience its gems. The working language for HKLO is English. IOL (International Linguistics Olympiad) and APLO (Asia Pacific Linguistics Olympiad)'s working language can be chosen by individual contestant (English/Chinese). Participants who are eligible for linguistic olympiads in other nations/regions (in addition to Hong Kong) cannot compete in multiple contests each year. Participants need to choose to partake only in HKLO or one of the other they are eligible for.

How did the HKLO come to be?

The first Olympiad competition in linguistics held for secondary school students was held in 1965 in Moscow, thanks to the efforts of Alfred Zhurinsky (1938 - 1991). Thereafter, other than Russia, a number of countries and states, including Bulgaria, Oregon in the US, and the Netherlands, all hosted similar events. As more and more players participated in competitions all around the world, the concept of an International Olympiad in Linguistics came into being in 2002, with the first IOL being held in 2003 in Bulgaria. Countries that participated include Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, the Netherlands, and Russia. Starting in 2003, the International Olympiad in Linguistics was held annually in different cities, and the number of participating countries and participating students gradually increased.
According to the regulations of the IOL, each participating nation must hold a nationwide competition to select participants. On the basis of these regulations, we work to establish the first Hong Kong Linguistics Olympiad (HKLO) in 2019. How many HKLOs will be held in the future? And will we continue? We don't know yet. Therefore, if you have any interest at all, take action now and register! Don't be shy -- join us now!

How do I participate?
There are three steps to take part in Hong Kong's IOL team.

- Register online for HKLO: https://goo.gl/E58ibW
- Register online for APLO: https://forms.gle/cWngnYzgoELiwF9C7
- Take part in linguistics Olympiad training
- Attend Asia Pacific Linguistics Olympiad (APLO)

國際語言學奧林匹克競賽簡介

國際語言學奧林匹克競賽 (IOL) 是屬於全世界中學生的 12 項國際學科競賽之一。從 2003 年開始, IOL 每年在不同國家輪流舉辦。比賽的題目內容,不需要妳/你懂多國語言,或是深奧的語言學知識,而是語言的結構分析,邏輯推理,模式的細心觀察。

香港選拔賽簡介

香港語言學奧林匹克選拔賽 (Hong Kong Linguistics Olympiad, 簡稱 HKLO)是一項給中學生的語言謎題解題競賽。競賽試題僅需以邏輯推理能力、耐心以及持續思考的意願來解題,語言學相關的先備知識或是第二外語都不是必要的。香港語言學奧林匹克選拔賽的官方語言是英語。而在國際語言學奧林匹克競賽及亞洲語言學奧林匹克競賽中,參賽者可以選擇中文或者英文。参赛者每人當年度以參加1項語言學奧林匹克競賽為限,不得跨國家或地區參賽。

香港選拔賽參賽資格

中一到中六之在學學生。

亞太區語言學奧林匹克競賽線上報名: https://forms.gle/cWngnYzgoELiwF9C7

Preliminary Timetable

Date & Time

Activity

Venue

11 Nov, 2018, 2pm

HKLO Orientation

GH201, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Nov, 2018 to March, 2019 (dates to be confirmed

Training sessions

Please see the announcement on Facebook and email

9:30am-12:30pm, 24 March, 2019

HKLO Competition

TU103, PolyU

HKLO (2019) result: https://bit.ly/2YW8NXC

2:30pm-7:30pm, 5 May, 2019

APLO Competition

TU103, PolyU

APLO (2019) result: https://urlzs.com/4BXEo

May, 2019

APLO ceremony

If you are interested in joining, please indicate your availability via: https://doodle.com/poll/wygi4ts7z6b4dcaz

Press converage:
• Sing Tao Daily
http://std.stheadline.com/daily/article/detail/1976848-%E6%95%99%E8%82%B2-%E6%B8%AF%E9%A6%96%E5%B1%86%E8%AA%9E%E5%A5%A7%E6%AF%94%E8%B3%BD%E5%91%A8%E6%97%A5%E8%88%89%E8%A1%8C
• Wenweipo
http://pdf.wenweipo.com/2019/03/20/a21-0320.pdf
• Wenweipo
http://paper.wenweipo.com/2019/04/16/ED1904160008.htm?fbclid=IwAR0LGjaRgTD4RZgkY0omkRm449Ujd7-kcExZbhmEBnsQen_IUYWUwtQI7OQ

Other Links:
HKLO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Hong-Kong-Linguistics-Olympiad-HKLO-763434627350476/?modal=admin_todo_tour  
International Linguistics Olympiad: http://www.ioling.org/
International Linguistics Olympiad - 2019: https://iol2019.com/
Asia Pacific Linguistics Olympiad: https://www.aplo.asia/
Hong Kong Linguistics Olympiad: https://polyu.hk/amuVS
Hong Kong Linguistics Olympiad Tutorial materials: https://bit.ly/2U6i8t3

If you have any questions, please contact hklinguisticsolympiad@gmail.com

 

 
 
 
   
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