Linguistics Olympiad

NACLO 2020

As in previous years, the UBC Linguistics Department will be hosting the Open Round of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.

  • 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
PRACTICE SESSION 2: Monday, Jan. 20, 4-6 PM
Both practice sessions take place in Buchanan B304 (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

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 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.

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