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Cork’s next spy?

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 5:11pm

Does it look like double Dutch? Fear not, Philip Krause of Ashton School is on it!

The local teen is one of five Irish secondary students who have earned the chance to compete at the International Linguistics Olympiad (ILO) in Prague from 26-30 July.

The event tests participants’ problem-solving and logic skills by challenging them to decode unfamiliar languages. For example, students might be asked to make sense of Egyptian hieroglyphics, spy codes, Mayan poetry, or the runic alphabet of Old Norse. They must use their reasoning and ingenuity to deduce the meaning of symbols in a given language.

To reach the ILO, Philip went up against approximately 4,000 contenders at the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) held in Dublin in March. Results of that contest were recently announced by its organisers, the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology. ADAPT brings together academic researchers and industry partners to produce digital content innovations. The AILO aims to cultivate logic and language competency skills in young people, and encourage them to consider careers at the intersection of computing, linguistics, and language.

The field was initially cut to 100 finalists, then to five winners. Philip and the other four students will vie in Prague against students from 32 other nations.

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