The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) has opened registration for students interested in participating in NACLO's 2016 competitions.

Thousands of students are expected to compete in this year's NACLO, which builds reasoning and logic skills through the solving of linguistic problems. The top students are invited to represent the US and Canada at the International Linguistics Olympiad; in 2015, NACLO students took eight individual medals (including three gold medals) and a team medal at the IOL. The first round of 2016 NACLO competition will take place on January 28, 2016, with a second "invitational" round scheduled for March 10.

Interested students can register on the NACLO website starting today. Students can compete at a local university or have their high school register as a host site. Participation in NACLO is free, and no prior knowledge of linguistics or computer science is required. Practice problems from previous NACLO competitions are available online.

NACLO USA Red team
The "NACLO Red" team, whose members combined to take
1st place at the 2015 IOL individual contest

This announcement is being made jointly with the Linguistic Society of America in recognition of a new level of affiliation between the two organizations. The LSA has long served as a sponsor of NACLO, but is now taking a new partnership role to more closely assist NACLO with promotion, logistics, and other issues.

The LSA is pleased to expand its efforts to build interest and participation in linguistics at the high school level. LSA members are encouraged to consider various ways they can support or get involved with NACLO, including: