Linguistics Contest for High School Students

NACLO 2020

Thank you all for participating!! Results are expected to be posted on the NACLO website in early March. Top-ranking contestants who made it to the second round will receive an invitation.


As in previous years, the UBC Linguistics Department will be hosting the North American Computational Linguistics Open competition for high school students.

  • Date: Thursday Jan 23, 2020
  • Time: 9 am – 12 noon (arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of time, by 8:45 am)
  • Location: Dept. of Linguistics seminar room, Totem Field Studios (TFS) (2613 West Mall; click on the link for a map)

All interested high school students are invited to participate. Important: The number of seats is limited, so contestants have to register online via the NACLO website, well before the contest date.

Leading up the contest, we will hold two informal practice sessions:

PRACTICE SESSION 1: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 4-6 PM.
Location: Buchanan B304 (1866 Main Mall).


PRACTICE SESSION 2: Monday, Jan. 20, 4-6 PM.
Location: Buchanan B304 D304 (1866 Main Mall).


The practice sessions are optional but everyone is welcome (and it’s OK if you arrive late). Drinks and snack will be provided.


UBC NACLO can be contacted at naclo[dot]ubc[at]ubc[dot]ca


NACLO is a fun and educational contest for high school students in which you 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!

Top-scoring students in the first round are invited to participate in the second round. This leads to the selection of a Canadian national team, which competes with teams from other countries from all over the world in the international contest (ILO), hosted by a different country each year.

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