Canadian Linguistics Olympiad


  Why participate in the Linguistics Olympiad?

  • Ever wanted to try deciphering an ancient script, decoding Swahili, or counting in Indonesion?
  • Now you can do it! No prior knowledge of linguistics required, just some curiosity and basic problem-solving skills.
  • Compete for a chance to go to the international competition and meet participants from all over the world.
  • And it's free!
  • Try out the problems on this page--we posted a link to solutions below (you can also download the three problems on our PDF icon flyer.



For the French version of the Olympiad click here.

What is Canadian Linguistics Olympiad?

If you're interested in language and enjoy problem-solving, come participate in the Canadian Linguistics Olympiad.  The OLC-CLO is a fun and educational contest  for students in grades 6-12 in which you will solve linguistics problems from a variety of languages (natural and artificial).  No prior knowledge of linguistics or any particular language is required.  All you need to bring is your curiosity and enthusiasm!

The first round of the contest will take place on Thursday, January 25, from 10am to 1pm  (for the Location see below).  Students who perform well on the first round will be invited back for a second invitational round, to take place on March 8.  The winners of the invitational round will be eligible to represent North America at the International Olympiad. More information about the Olympiad can be found at at the official website for the OLC-CLO.





Training Session

Curious? Want to learn more and see some example problems?

If you're interested in participating in an information and training session let us know (naclo.montreal [at]!



Registration Deadline:  January 24, 2018, noon PST (on-site registration may be possible, but be there 30min early).

Registration is free, you recan register here



On the day of Olympiad: January 25 2018

The competition will take place at UQaM:

TIME: 10am-13pm

PLACE:  Wilson Hall, 3506 rue University

Please arrive 15 minutes early and allow time to find the room. There will be signs to the appropriate room


Who's organizing this?

The olympiad is organized by linguists at universities across the continent. You can learn more at the general NACLO website.

This year's Olympiad in Montréal is organized by faculty and students in the Montreal area.

You can reach us at naclo.montreal [at]




 Solutions to the Problems