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The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad is an annual linguistics competition for high school students.

Welcome to NACLO at CanIL

what is naclo?

NACLO is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic problems. In solving these 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. The competition has attracted top students to study and work in those same fields. It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.

CanIL West

Trinity Western University – Langley, BC

Open Competition : January 26, 2023


  • 8:30-9:00 – Check-in
  • 9:00 - 12:00 – NACLO competition
  • 12:15 - 1:00 – Free Pizza Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:00 – Linguistics Class Experience
  • 2:15 - 2:30 – Prizes and Giveaways


Canada Institute of Linguistics
22500 University Dr
Langley, BC

CanIL East

Tyndale University – Toronto, ON

Open Competition : January 26, 2023

Time: 9:30am– 3:30pm


Tyndale University
3377 Bayview Ave
North York, ON

Students who perform well during the Open Round may be invited to participate in the Invitational Round on March 16, 2023. The purpose of the Invitational Round is to identify national winners who will be invited to represent Canada at the 20th International Linguistics Olympiad in Bansko, Bulgaria on July 21 - 29, 2023.