NACLO at UMass Amherst

Department of LinguisticsWhy major in linguistics?


What is NACLO?

The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad is a contest where high school students (as well as middle school students who are looking for this kind of experience) solve linguistic puzzles. In solving the problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary.

Please see the NACLO website for the handbook, practice problems, and registration. Registration is free of charge.

The Open Round will be held from 10:00am to 1:00pm on 25 January 2018. The regular registration deadline was 15 January 2018 and the late registration deadline is 25 January 2018.

Where is NACLO?

UMass Amherst has been hosting the Western Massachusetts NACLO contest site since 2017, at the Integrated Learning Center, room N400. Lunch will be provided free of charge.

Visitor parking is available here. Maps, directions to campus, and more information for visitors can be found here. Several buses pass through the university campus; their routes and timetables can be found here.


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Open Round

The Open Round is open to all interested middle school and high school students; the best performing students on the Open Round will be notified by early March that they have qualified for the Invitational Round.

Invitational Round

The problems in this round are harder than the Open Round problems. The purpose is to select the national winners, who will be eligible to represent either the United States or Canada in the international competition, the International Linguistics Olympiad. This round will be held on 8 March 2018.

Contact

For information regarding NACLO at UMass, please contact: naclo.umass@gmail.com. For information regarding this website, please contact: andwang@umass.edu.