The North American Computational Linguistics Open Competition at FAU

2024 Contest Dates:

  • Student registration deadline: Thursday January 18th
  • Stage I - Open Round: Thursday January 25th
  • Stage II - Invitational Round: Thursday March 14th
    • Students who are eligible to participate in Stage II will be notified directly by NACLO. 

The North American Computational Linguistics Open Competition (NACLO) is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving these puzzles, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. The competition has attracted top students to study and work in those same fields. It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.

To participate in NACLO, you must satisfy the following four criteria:

  1. You have never been enrolled as a full-time college or university student.
  2. You must be less than 20 years old on the first day of the International Linguistics Olympiad. Please note that the competition is intended for students in the 13-18 age group. If you are younger than 13, with parental permission, you can also participate.
  3. You are a citizen of the US or a student in a secondary school in the US.
  4. You are available to participate in the contest at the times it's offered.

For more information on NACLO (including practice problems) and to register in the competition, please visit the NACLO website.

For information on the NACLO site at FAU or to request advance permission for walk-ins, please contact Dr. Michael Hamilton at the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature.

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