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NACLO at UMass Amherst

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 handbookpractice problems, and registration. Registration is free of charge.

We will provide a training session for students interested in participating. The training session will include practice problems, test-taking tips, as well as an overview of linguistics and computational linguistics. Interested students must register for the training session ahead of time. Check back here for specific details later.

The Open Round will be held from 9:00am to 11:59am on 26 January 2017. The regular registration deadline is 15 January 2017 and the late registration deadline is 25 January 2017.

Where is NACLO?

NACLO will be held at UMass Amherst. Updates can be found at

Visitor parking is available here. Maps, directions to campus, and more information for visitors can be found here.

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.


For information regarding NACLO at UMass, please contact: alamont at umass dot edu