English Language: The Linguistics Olympiad

This is a mixture of two things: An introduction to the Linguistics Olympiad – an extra-curricular enrichment activity offered by the English Department. Plus, it is also another way of showing you how we approach the topic of language in English Language at AS and A level.

We study all the ‘parts’ that English is made up of and sometimes it is easier to do this by looking at another language first. So, here you have a little puzzle in the style of those that you get in the Linguistics Olympiad competition – it allows you to work out how to make words in Zulu, without having to be able to speak Zulu. And then, you can see how what happens in Zulu is also something that we have in English.

You need to start with the document first and then you can look at the video presentation, which does have the answer, so you can check for yourself how you got on. For those of you interested in the Linguistics Olympiad, there’s a short video explaining what it is and there’s also the link to the UK Linguistics Olympiad, which you can take part in at Priestley!

The resources below are here to help you with this session. The documents can be downloaded to your device and web links can be viewed online. 

Website Links

What to do when you're finished ?

Keep a copy of your work safe until your first days at college. Bring it with you for your first lesson in this subject. 

Youtube Videos

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