North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad

Open Round: January 25, 2018

Invitational Round: March 8, 2018




The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) is an annual competition in which high school students solve linguistics problems drawn from a variety of languages.  Only logic and reasoning skills are necessary; no prior knowledge of particular languages or of linguistics is required. Example of problems from previous years are available for you to try out.

There is an Open Round in which anyone can participate. Those who do well in the open round are invited to participate in a second, Invitational Round, and the top scoring students in the invitational round are considered for spots on the US team that competes at the International Linguistics Olympiad.

The home page for NACLO is:

NACLO is run by faculty members at the University of Michigan and Carnegie-Mellon University.


How do I participate?

The Open Round competition takes place at contest sites across the country. The University of Kentucky Linguistics department is one of the contest sites. This year, the Open Round will take place on January 25th, 2018 on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  You can register as a student with NACLO to participate!

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