Australia loves language puzzles: the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO)

Estival, Dominique, Bow, Cathy, Henderson, John, Kelly, Barbara, Laughren, Mary, Mayer, Elisabeth, Molla, Diego, Mrowa-Hopkins, Colette, Nordlinger, Rachel, Rieschild, Verna, Schalley, Andrea C., Stanley, Alexander W. and Vaughan, Jill (2014) Australia loves language puzzles: the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO). Linguistics and Language Compass, 8 12: 659-670. doi:10.1111/lnc3.12096


Author Estival, Dominique
Bow, Cathy
Henderson, John
Kelly, Barbara
Laughren, Mary
Mayer, Elisabeth
Molla, Diego
Mrowa-Hopkins, Colette
Nordlinger, Rachel
Rieschild, Verna
Schalley, Andrea C.
Stanley, Alexander W.
Vaughan, Jill
Title Australia loves language puzzles: the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO)
Journal name Linguistics and Language Compass   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1749-818X
Publication date 2014-12-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/lnc3.12096
Open Access Status
Volume 8
Issue 12
Start page 659
End page 670
Total pages 12
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract The Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO) started in 2008 in only two locations and has since grown to a nationwide competition with almost 1500 high school students participating in 2013. An Australian team has participated in the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) every year since 2009. This paper describes how the competition is run (with a regional first round and a final national round) and the organisation of the competition (a National Steering Committee and Local Organising Committees for each region) and discusses the particular challenges faced by Australia (timing of the competition and distance between the major population centres). One major factor in the growth and success of OzCLO has been the introduction of the online competition, allowing participation of students from rural and remote country areas. The organisation relies on the goodwill and volunteer work of university and school staff but the strong interest amongst students and teachers shows that OzCLO is responding to a demand for linguistic challenges.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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