Welcome to the IOL

The IOL is one of 12 International Science Olympiads, and has been held annually since 2003. Each year, teams of young linguists from around the world gather and test their minds against the world's toughest puzzles in language and linguistics.

No prior knowledge of linguistics or languages is required: even the hardest problems require only your logical ability, patient work, and willingness to think around corners. Give some of our past problems a try!

Beijing 2014

The 12th International Linguistics Olympiad will take place in Beijing, China, from 21 July to 25 July, 2014. Click here for the official site.

Manchester 2013

The 11th International Linguistics Olympiad has come to completion in warm and friendly Manchester, UK.

138 contestants in 35 teams, representing 26 countries, competed to solve problems on diverse languages including Yidiny, Tundra Yukaghir, Pirahã, Muna, English, and Georgian.

You can see the problems here and the results here.