Linguistics Olympiad 2017




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 Oympiad2017!



For the French Olympiad, click here. The English Olympiad in Canada will be organized as part of NACLO:

What is NACLO?

If you're interested in language and enjoy problem-solving, come participate in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.  NACLO 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 26, from 10am to 1pm  (see location below).  Students who perform well on the first round will be invited back for a second invitational round, to take place on March 9.  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 NACLO.





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]!

Or try some practice problems here.

Or download the  2017 Handbook!



Registration Deadline:  January 25, 2017, noon PST (on-site registration on the 26th may be possible, but be there 30min early).

Registration is free. You can register on the official NACLO Oympiad page.


On the day of Olympiad: January 26 2017

The competition will take place at UQaM:

TIME: 10am-13pm

PLACE:  Pavillon Hubert-Aquin, UQAM. 400 Ste. Catherine E., Local/Room: A-1865

Please arrive 15 minutes early and allow time to find the room and navigate the construction.


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