The International Linguistics Olympiad


  • Results of the final round:
    The 10 best pupils of the 2nd round took part in the final round on 13-14.06.2020. The final round took place online. After a day of intensive online training with the participation of scientists from several countries (Christian Döhler, ZAS; Doreen Georgi (Universität Potsdam); Daniel Rucki (Polen); Bruno L'Astorina (Brasilien)), a three-hour written exam was written under video supervision the following day. The four best qualified for the German national team and were to travel to Latvia for the International Linguistics Olympics 2020. Unfortunately, this year's International Olympics were cancelled due to the Corona Pandemic and postponed to next year (from July 19 to 23, 2021 at the same location in Ventspils, Latvia).

    The 4 best of the final round (German national team):

    1. Platz:  Michał Boroń, Heinrich-Hertz-Gymnasium, Berlin
    2. Platz: Georgi Kocharyan, Dossenberger-Gymnasium Günzburg, Günzburg, Bayern
    3. Platz: Jacqueline Guitu, Königin-Katharina Stift, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
    4. Platz: Louis Cho, Gymnasium Hochrad, Hamburg

    Other participants in the final round (in alphabetical order):

    Cara Biester, Droste-Hülshoff-Gymnasium, Berlin
    Elsa Heege, Eugen-Bolz-Gymnasium, Rottenburg, Baden-Württemberg
    Ilka Jaschinski, Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium, Dresden, Sachsen
    Anna Carola Weber, Ohm-Gymnasium Erlangen, Nürnberg, Bayern
    Edwina Wei, Evangelisches Gymnasium zum Grauen Kloster, Berlin
    You Wu, Campus Klarenthal, Wiesbaden, Hessen

    All participants showed a great performance - congratulations!
    Congratulations and good luck for the future!

  • The tasks for the 2nd round of the German national selection competition will be sent to the 30 students by e-mail on 16 March.
  • The first round of the German national selection competition was very well attended. A total of 150 people interested in linguistics from all federal states tried their hand at the tasks and did very well overall. (The distribution of points can be found here).
    The next round is for those who have scored at least 33 points. Altogether 30 students will be admitted to the next round. The tasks will be activated from mid-March and will be open for two weeks.
  • The first round of the German national selection competition will start on 1 February 2020, for more information see Selection Process 2020.
  • The International Linguistics Olympiad 2020 will take place from 20 to 24 July in Ventspils, Latvia.

General information

We at the Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics organise the German participation in the International Linguistics Olympiad (
The International Linguistic Olympiad is one of the more recent competitions among other better known championships such as the Mathematics or Chemistry Olympiad.

The Linguistics Olympiad tests the participants feeling for language, cultural imagination and logical-analytical skills, enabling the best results to not only be achieved by linguistically gifted students, but also generally and multiply gifted students.

The olympic competitions, which last less than a week, take place annually in different countries. They consist of individual competitions (on the day after arrival) in which five tasks have to be solved within six hours. On the following day, you are introduced to the host country and its people as well as the opposing teams. On the fourth day is reserved for the team task, where four students from one country (= one team) work together on a problem for four hours. The tasks usually consist of identifying structures (grammar) or the meaning of words/word groups from unknown languages. At times, solving the problems feels like deciphering hieroglyphics. On the last day, the award ceremony takes place followed by a party.

Germany participated from 2008-2011 and then again in 2018 and 2019.