NACLO @ CSULB Linguistics

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Open Round Concluded

Thursday, January 25, 2018 • 12:00PM

CSULB Linguistics hosted 13 students from the local area high schools during the open round of competition on January 25, here on our campus. The competition was held in real-time across the nation where students attempted to solve eight problem sets in three hours for a chance to win a seat at the invitational round and eventually a seat on the team that will represent the U.S. at the International Linguistics Olympiad to be held in Prague, Czech Republic this year. We are excited to be building this partnership and to get the opportunity to work with such bright future linguists, computer scientists, and scholars!

What is NACLO?

The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) is a contest in which high school and middle school students solve problems relating to linguistics and computational linguistics. No prior knowledge of linguistics or of other languages is necessary. The Linguistics Department at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is hosting a site for the competition. More information about NACLO can be found at the official NACLO site.

  • Information Session

    Saturday, November 4, 2017 • 10:00AM
    Psychology Building • Room 153

    An information session will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 10:00am. Attending the information session is optional but it will help you. This session will include information relevant to the competition as well as problem solving strategies and practice working through data sets.


  • Open Round

    Thursday, January 25, 2018 • 9:00AM
    Faculty Offices 3 Building • Multicultural Center

    First round is open to all registered participants and will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018. The contest begins promptly at 9:00 AM PST and runs three hours until 12:00 PM PST. Please arrive early, by 8:15 AM at the latest to register and receive student ID numbers. Students must be present at least 15 minutes before the start of the competition in order to hear the reading of the rules, instructions, and announcements. Students who arrive after that time will not be provided additional time to have instructions or announcements repeated for them. Well-performing students from the first session will be invited to the second (invitational) round, which is scheduled to take place on March 8, 2018.

  • Invitational Round

    Thursday, March 8, 2018 • 9:00AM
    Faculty Offices 3 Building • Multicultural Center

    The invitational (second) round (March 8, 2018) is open only to top performing students. From these students, the top scorers (from across the USA) will have an opportunity to join the national team and represent the United States at the international level (at the 16th International Linguistics Olympiad in Prague, Czech Republic).


Participation in the event is free, however you must register first. We recommend that you register online ahead of time to ensure availability. The deadline for online registration is January 24, 2018. If you miss the deadline for online registration, you can register on site on the morning of the competition on January 25, 2018 (subject to availability). Register online by clicking on the button below to reserve your place ahead of time.

About CSULB Linguistics

Linguistics (/lɪŋˈgwɪstɪks/) is the study of human languages. It is divided into a number of subfields including:

  • Syntax
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
is the study of
  • linguistic structures
  • language in society
  • physical properties of speech sounds
  • organization of speech sounds
  • word formation
  • meaning
  • language use


  • Information Session • Psychology Building, Room 153
  • Open and Invitational Competition Rounds • FO3 Building, Multicultural Center
  • Recommended Parking Lots • Closest visitor parking lots are Lot 1 and 18, both of which are equipped with self pay stations. For a map of additional parking areas click here.