A group photo of current and former Yale linguists at the 2020 meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in New Orleans, LA.

Contest Info

The first (Open) round of the contest will take place on Thursday, January 23, 2020. Students who perform well in the Open round will be invited to take part in the second (Invitational) round to be held on March 5, 2020. The top students in the invitational round from across North America will have a chance to participate in the International Linguistics Open competition in July 2020. More information about NACLO can be found at the national NACLO site.

Training Sessions

The Yale Department of Linguistics hosts training sessions to provide information about NACLO and to allow students to try out practice problems. The sessions will take place between 2:00pm and 4:00pm on the following Sundays: October 13, November 10, December 8, January 19. The location will be on the Yale campus in Dow Hall (370 Temple Street), Room 215 [link to map]. If you plan to attend these sessions, please register. If you have any questions about these training sessions, or about the NACLO contest at Yale, send email to Prof. Raffaella Zanuttini at yalenaclo@gmail.com.

Open Round Information

The open round of the NACLO competition will take place on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The competition runs from 10:00am until 1:00pm. We ask all participants to arrive no later than 9:30am in order to be able to sign in and get settled, so that we can begin on time. The Yale-hosted competition will take place at the lecture hall of the Golden Center at St. Thomas More, 268 Park Street, New Haven, CT 06511 [link to map]. (For participants in last year’s competition, this is the same place as last year.)

The competition is very challenging and is designed for high-school students. Middle-school students are welcome to participate as well, but we recommend this only for those middle-school students who are especially well-equipped to deal with this kind of academic challenge.

What to bring to the competition:

  • black pen to write your answers and a pencil for scratch work. It wouldn’t hurt to bring a few backup pens as well.
  • Your registration information, if you have it (if you don’t have it, or you forget to bring it, don’t worry; we can look up your registration number for you).
  • We will provide bagels and cream cheese, clementines, and water starting at 9:30.
  • Any other snacks that you might want–such as a sandwich–if you think you’ll get hungry before 1:00. (Please don’t bring anything that will make noise, like a bag of potato chips.)

Students who would like to participate at the Yale NACLO site should register via the link given immediately below.

NACLO Registration

Thanks to the generous support of the sponsors, participation in NACLO is free. Students who are interested in taking part will however need to register to participate in the competition at the NACLO registration site. Register early to be assured of a seat. Registrations will still be accepted, provided that space is available, up until Wednesday, January 22, 2020.