North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO)
NACLO is a fun (and educational!) contest for U.S. and Canadian high school students in which contestants compete by solving compelling and creative puzzles in linguistics and computational linguistics. Requiring no previous knowledge of linguistics, languages, or computing, these puzzles can be solved by analytic reasoning alone, and serve as a fun introduction to a field to which many high school students have never been introduced. Winners of NACLO are eligible to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad, one of twelve international high school science Olympiads.
Want to know more?
- NACLO’s Student Handbook for eligibility, locations, contest rules, how to prepare, and a bunch of FAQs.
- Practice problems available on NACLO’s site and Facebook. Some examples (remember: you do not need to know any linguistics or computer science to solve these):
- For any questions about the UCI site, contact the local organizers (listed below).
The NACLO registration site is: www.nacloweb.org/register_student.php. On the second page of the registration form, select University Site and then University of California, Irvine as the Contest Site. Local arrangements in the Orange County area for NACLO are sponsored by the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Computer Science at UCI.