Are you interested in learning foreign languages, puzzle-solving, breaking codes, combinatorics, and/or conjugations? Would you like to try your hand at deciphering an ancient script or deducing the logical patterns of Swahili, Hawaiian or Finite State Transducers? If so, the NACLO is the right challenge for you!
What is the NACLO?
The NACLO stands for the North American Computational Linguistics Open competition. The NACLO is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic problems. In solving these problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary.
Each January, thousands of middle and high-school students across North America participate in the NACLO, with the top-performing participants moving forward to the invitational and then international competitions.
For more about the NACLO as well as past puzzles, learn more here.
For the student handbook, click here.
How do I register?
Participation in the NACLO is free. Students who are interested in taking part will need to register to participate in the competition at the NACLO registration site by Monday, January 22, 2024. Please select Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA) for the site.
Will there be training sessions?
The Georgia Tech School of Modern Languages will be hosting two online training sessions to teach you the ins and outs of the NACLO! We’ll go over tips and tricks, strategies to approaching problems, and helpful practice NACLO problems to put these strategies into practice. We STRONGLY recommend you attend a training session to be best prepared to do well in the NACLO!
Training sessions at Georgia Tech for the NACLO in 2024 will take place on Friday, January 12 (2:30 PM – 5:30 PM EST) and Saturday, January 13 (10 AM – 1 PM EST). The sessions will be held online via Zoom. The link for the online meetings will be made available to everyone who registers for them. Participation in these training sessions is free. If you plan to attend a training session, please register here.
When is the contest?
If you have any questions about the training sessions or the NACLO contest at Georgia Tech, send an email to Prof. Hongchen Wu at email@example.com.
For more information and linguistics resources, click here.