The USM Linguistics Department will be a host site for NACLO (North American Computational Linguistics Open competition). 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. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. Winners of NACLO are eligible to compete in the International Linguistics Open competition, one of twelve international high school science Open competitions. It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.

When: Thursday, January 26, 2023 (Competition Open Round) and Thursday, March 16, 2023 (Competition Invitational Round)

Registration: Free, register here (registration open on or around September 15, 2022)

Due to the weather, we will be hosting the contest on Zoom. Here is the link:

Please join the meeting at 9:30 a.m.

This is how the session will go:

You will need to use a device with a camera that is far enough from your writing surface so that your hands and writing surface are visible on the camera. Once all the students have joined the Zoom, we will email you the booklet and you will print it out. We will start the contest when everyone is ready. You will silence your microphone and use the private chat to ask questions to me that you want me to ask the jury. You will have audio open to hear any announcements that we need to make from the jury. When the contest ends, you will scan your answer sheets and email them to me prior to leaving the conference call.

Please email Dana McDaniel if you have any questions: