Lin­guist wins gold at con­test

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

A YOUNG lin­guist de­ci­phered com­plex lan­guage puzzles to win gold at a com­pe­ti­tion.

Juli­ette Gorb, 18, from Langley, im­pressed examiners at the Lin­guis­tics Olympiad com­pe­ti­tion for stu­dents of any age and abil­ity to solve lin­guis­tic data prob­lems.

Juli­ette, 18, an A Lev­els stu­dent in the King’s School Sixth Form in French, Span­ish and English Literature, put her suc­cess down to a love of lan­guage.

She said: “Wher­ever you go in the world you should take the time to learn a few words of their lan­guage.

“It will make life that much eas­ier, you will be ac­cepted more easily and it will even im­prove your own English.

Juli­ette who got 10A*s in her GCSEs hopes to go to Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don to study Pol­i­tics with Mod­ern For­eign Lan­guages.

She added: “I have al­ways loved lan­guages and try­ing to de­ci­pher mean­ing.

“For me the Lin­guis­tics Olympiad was a bit like try­ing to solve the Enigma code.

“Once you un­der­stand one type of lan­guage you can use that as a model to learn how other lan­guages work.”

Juli­ette was one of around 70 stu­dents to win gold from an ini­tial en­try of over 1,400.

She had to de­ci­pher Mur­rinh­patha, an in­dige­nous lan­guage from Aus­tralia, Ja­panese, and Old Norse, writ­ten us­ing Runes rather than the mod­ern al­pha­bet.

Ian Dal­gleish, King’s Head of Mod­ern For­eign Lan­guages, said: “Juli­ette sat a fiendish set of tests re­quir­ing con­sid­er­able log­i­cal thought and an abil­ity to look at lan­guage in the ab­stract in two or three hours of code­break­ing, analysing the pat­terns in a small amount of lin­guis­tic data, and work­ing out how the un­der­ly­ing sys­tem works.”

The UK Lin­guis­tics Olympiad is a com­pe­ti­tion for stu­dents who are still at school or col­lege any age, any abil­ity.

Com­ing in the top 10 per cent and win­ning sil­ver awards at King’s School were Matt Har­den, Vic­to­ria Tann and Holly Kitch­ing, while Elise Boothroyd gained a bronze award.

●● The Rossendale Trust is hop­ing for more good weather af­ter the suc­cess of last year (above and be­low)

●● Langley lin­guist Juli­ette daz­zled the Lin­guis­tics Olympiad examiners

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