MTSU Linguistics Competition

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the English Department will be unable to host the 14th Annual MTSU LO in 2021. We hope to host you again on our campus in 2022.

Registration Deadline: TBD. *

Please Note

  • All participants must provide a signed copy (parents' signature) of the Liability and Image Release Form in order to participate.
  • To register for the competition, please complete the registration form by TBD.
  • Please bring payment ($18 / student participation fee) in cash or a check to the MTSU English Department on TBD.

* Later registrations will be possible, but we will not be able to promise t-shirts or lunch options for late registrants.


The MTSU Linguistics Competition, now in its 14th year, is a competition for middle and high school students with an interest in language and a fascination with puzzles.  The competition is designed to challenge, educate, and entertain those interested in language structure and use. This competition is an excellent opportunity for students with an interest in language or logic to shine.  The competition is sponsored by the MTSU Department of English and organized by Dr. Aleka Blackwell, co-chair of the North American Computational Linguistics Competition.

The competition consists of linguistic puzzles representing languages from around the world and lasts approximately three hours. The puzzles do not assume background knowledge. All of the data needed to solve the puzzles are supplied. Participants can choose to compete individually or in teams of 2 or 4 students. Teams can represent individual schools or consist of friends who want to compete together.

Following the competition, while judges score the entries, participants have lunch at McCallie Dining Hall and then participate in enrichment acitivities related to linguistics.  All participants will receive a competition t-shirt. The top-scorers in each category will receive medals. We will also hold a drawing for prizes.

The participation fee is $18 per student, is due on the day of the competition, and can be paid by cash or check to MTSU English Department.  Make sure you are registered for the 14th Annual MTSU LC by TBD.  If you have questions, contact Aleka Blackwell.

We look forward to spending the day with you on TBD!

Best,
Aleka A. Blackwell, Ph.D.
Aleka.Blackwell@mtsu.edu
615-898-5960

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: TBD

Where: BAS Building, MTSU

Cost: $18