Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro is a regional site for NACLO 2022.

North American Computational Linguistics Open Competition

  • Open Round: January 27, 2022, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST
  • Invitational Round: March 17, 2022, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. ST

Location is Virtual: You will compete virtually from a quiet location of your choice. You will need access to a printer, a scanner/scanning app, and a device with a camera and audio. Please join the zoom meeting 30 minutes prior to the start of the contest.

Questions? Contact Aleka Blackwell,

The North American Computational Linguistics Open Competition (NACLO) is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving the problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. Top performers on the open round will be invited to compete in the invitational round. The winners of the invitational round will be eligible to represent the USA at the International Linguistics Olympiad at the Isle of Mann on July 25-29, 2022.

To register for the open round of the NACLO competition, go to Registration is free.


14th Annual MTSU Linguistics Competition

Do you like . . .

…solving word puzzles?
…tackling linguistic challenges?
…deciphering coded messages?

If so, join students from across Tennessee at this year’s MTSU Linguistics Competition. 

Compete for medals and prizes, play word games, and meet other budding linguists.

When: April 23, 2022

Where: BAS Building, MTSU

Cost: $18

For safety reasons, participants and chaperones will be asked to wear face masks during the morning welcome, the break activities, and the awards ceremony. That is when a large number of people are gathered in close proximity indoors.