Linguistics Olympiad

NEW! — Canadian Linguistics Olympiad (OLC-CLO) 2018

As of this year, the organization of the Linguistics Olympiad in Canada is in the hands of the Olympiade Linguistique Canadienne – Canadian Linguistics Olympiad. Through this Canada-wide competition, two national teams (one anglophone and one francophone) will be selected for the International Olympiad. At UBC, we are hoping to again host the open round in January 2018 for all interested high school students in the Vancouver area. Stay tuned for more information.

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About the Linguistics Olympiad

The International Linguistics Olympiad is a fun and educational contest for students in grades 6-12 in which you will solve linguistics problems from a variety of languages (natural and artificial). No prior knowledge of linguistics or any particular language is required. All you need to bring is your curiosity and enthusiasm!

Students from all over the world compete in local versions of the Olympiad; UBC is part of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad Olympiade Linguistique Canadienne – Canadian Linguistics OlympiadTop-scoring students are invited to compete to be a member of their national teams, and then the national teams meet to compete for the international title. The 2018 International Linguistics Olympiad will be held in Prague, Czech Republic!

A large number of practice problems (and their solutions) are posted on the NACLO website.