Linguistics Olympiad

Linguistics Olympiad 2017

The NACLO open round took place on Thursday January 26. At UBC, 23 high school students from many different schools in Vancouver participated. They tried to solve eight fun but challenging problems involving language and computation. To find out more about NACLO (the North-American Computational Linguistics Olympiad), please scroll down.

The top contestants from the open round will be invited to the second round, which will take place on March 9, 2017 (also hosted by UBC).

We hope that all contestants enjoyed taking part in NACLO this year. Maybe we will see some of you again in the invitational round, but if not, we look forward to seeing you again next year at NACLO 2018. In addition to the open round itself, we will probably again host some training sessions to help students prepare for the contest (most likely in January 2018).

As organizers we would like to thank the UBC student volunteers for helping to make the contest a success. We also thank Vancouver teachers and school counsellors for spreading the word about NACLO and for encouraging their students to participate.

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Hotze Rullmann and Jozina Vander Klok


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. Top-scoring students are then invited to compete to be a member of their national teams, and then the national teams meet to compete for the international title. The international competition in 2017 will be held in Dublin, Ireland!

A large number of practice problems (and their solutions) are posted at the NACLO home page.