NACLO

Description

Computational Linguistics plays a more and more important role in modern technology. It also weighs more in college admission no matter if you want to study computer science or linguistics.

The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic puzzles. By solving these puzzles, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary: even the hardest problems require only your logical ability, patient work, and willingness to think outside the box.
The number of students who participate in NACLO every year from the U.S. and Canada is less than 2000, which leaves a strong chance for students to enter the semi-final round.
NACLO is as important as USAMO, USACO, USABO, USAPhO and USNCO, although it is still not widely known by the students and parents.

國際語言學奧林匹克競賽(IOL)是面向全球高中生的十二項科學類奧林匹克競賽之一,北美計算語言學奧賽(NACLO)由美國和加拿大的高中生參加,是出征IOL的選拔賽。此項奧賽與數學,計算機和物理等其他奧賽具有同等的含金量,卻尚不廣為人知,因此相對於其他奧賽,獲得大獎的比例更高,機會更大。參加語言學奧林匹克競賽的學生并不需要預先掌握深奧的語言學知識,而是需要運用洞察力,想象力和邏輯推理能力來解決語言學謎題,機具趣味性。

Q & A

  • Who can take the contest? 什么人可以参加?

Middle school or high school students in the US or Canada. 在美国和加拿大上学的初高中学生。 (国籍没关系)

  • No prerequisites 不需要任何基础。
  • What is recommended?

Someone with strong logical thinking capabilities. 最好有比较强的逻辑思维能力。

  • When is the next contest date? 比赛时间?

2017 Contest Dates

Open Round: January 26, 2017

Invitational Round: March 9, 2017

  • Where and how to register the contest? 怎么报名参加考试?在哪里考?

You can either take the test at a registered university site http://nacloweb.org/university_sites.php or find a teacher or librarian who can run a high school site http://nacloweb.org/high_school_sites.php as specified elsewhere. If your high school is not in the list but your teacher is willing to host the test, check http://nacloweb.org/hs_coordinators.php.

可以到附近提供考试的大学,或者高中。网上直接报名。

  • How much to take the test? 又什么费用吗?

Free. 免费