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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad
in Mankato, MN

This olympiad is a contest in which high-school students 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. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of the world's 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. This is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century. The winners of the invitation competition will be eligible to represent North America at the International Linguistic Olympiad held this year in the United States. See more details and register at the national NACLO site (register here).


Download the entire NACLO 2019 Handbook.  It contains all the information you need for how to register, when the contests take place, where you can sign up, and locations that are hosting the competition.

Important Dates

Register by January 15, 2019 to secure your seat.  Late registration continues until January 23, 2019 if there is space available.  We will be allowing walk-ins on the day of the test if the site is not full, but please register in advance if you can!
Open round: Thursday, January 24, 2019, 8:45-noon
Invitational round: Thursday, March 7, 2019 (for top performers in the open round)


Participation is free. Students who are interested in can register at the NACLO registration site.

Minnesota Competition Location

The NACLO open competition (Jan. 24, 2019) will be held on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato (room Wissink Hall 291). The test begins at 9, but please show up by 8:45am. Directions to MSU are here and the campus map is here. Click on WH for floor plans of Wissink Hall.

The second round (March 7, 2019) will be held on the MSU campus (room TBA).

Sample Problems

You can find practice problems and solutions here.

Contact Us

Questions? Please contact Prof. Rebecca Bates at 507-389-5587 or bates @ for more information.