As some of you already know, I organise the national olympiad of linguistics in Sweden and am a board member of the international contest. Today I'd like to take the opportunity to celebrate the Pakistan National Linguistics Olympiad (PLO). A linguistic olympiad is a chance for students of secondary school to learn about the wonders of linguistics.
The Pakistani contest write the following on their site, very well-put!
Whether it’s telling a joke, naming a baby, using voice recognition software, or helping a relative who’s had a stroke, you’ll find the study of language reflected in almost everything you do.When you study linguistics at any level, you gain insight into one of the most fundamental parts of being human- the ability to communicate through language. You can study every aspect of language from functional theory to language acquisition to psycholinguistics. Studying linguistics enables you to understand how language works, how it is used and how it is developed and preserved over time. Linguists are not only polyglots, grammarians, and word lovers. They are researchers dedicated to the systematic study of language who apply the scientific method by making observations, testing hypotheses, and developing theories. The science of language encompasses more than sounds, grammar, and meaning. When you study linguistics, you are at the crossroads of every discipline.
They're one of our newest members, I'm very excited to welcome them into the international contest!