Linguistics Olympiad

UPDATE — Open Round: Thursday Jan. 25

The Open Round of the Canadian Linguistic Olympiad (formerly known as NACLO) will be held on Thursday Jan. 25, 9:00 AM to 12 noon. Participants should arrive at least 15 minutes early (so by 8:45 AM).

UBC Location: Department of Linguistics, Totem Field Studios, 2613 West Mall. For directions see this map. (Totem Field Studios in the south-west corner of the campus, close to the Botanical Garden, and is marked by the red arrow on the map.) The entrance is in the back of the building. The contest will be held in room 103 (the seminar room), which is immediately on your left as you enter the building.

Note: this building is about a 25 minute walk from the main UBC bus loop. If you are arriving by transit, plan accordingly. (If you take bus line 25, 41, or 49, there are some stops along Wesbrook Mall or 16th Avenue that are a bit closer by, but it’s still about a 10 to 15 minute walk.)

Participants should register in advance on the NACLO website.

To prepare for the contest, you may want to try some of the many practice problems available on the NACLO site. For logistical reasons, we won’t be having any practice sessions at UBC this year. (Sorry…)

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.