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Mon Nov 12 2007

FYI: Registration for Linguistics Olympiad

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Message 1: Registration for Linguistics Olympiad
Date: 11-Nov-2007
From: Lori Levin <lslcs.cmu.edu>
Subject: Registration for Linguistics Olympiad
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Registration is open for the Second Annual North American
Computational Linguistics Olympiad

Please inform high school students in your area of the second annual North
American Computational Linguistics Olympiad Open competition, which will be
held on February 5, 2008. Students may participate at one the host sites
listed below or in the internet category. The contest targets high school
students, but middle school students may also participate.

Students can register at: http://www.naclo.cs.cmu.edu.

Top scorers in the Open competition will be eligible to compete in the NACLO
Invitational competition in March, 2008. Top scorers in the Invitational
will be eligible to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad in
Bulgaria in the summer of 2008. Two US teams competed in the International
Computational Linguistics Olympiad in St. Petersburg in 2007 with great
results, achieving the top score in the individual competition and tying
for first place in the team competition.

Participating sites:

Brandeis University, jamespcs.brandeis.edu, James Pustejovsky
Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pittsburgh, maryjobcs.cmu.edu,
Mary Jo Bensasi
Columbia University, kathycs.columbia.edu, Kathy McKeown
Cornell University, lleecs.cornell.edu, cardiecs.cornell.edu, Claire
Cardie, Lillian Lee
Middle Tennessee State University, ablackwemtsu.edu, Aleka Blackwell
San Jose State University, Roula.Svorousjsu.edu, Roula Svorou
University of Michigan, thomasonumich.edu, abneyumich.edu, Sally
Thomason, Steve Abney
University of Oregon, tpayneuoregon.edu, Tom Payne,
University of Pennsylvania, mitchcis.upenn.edu, Mitch Marcus
University of Toronto, lin.ungrchass.utoronto.ca, Elaine Gold
University of Wisconsin/Edgewood college, casmith24wisc.edu, Catherine
Arnott Smith

If you are not listed here, and you would like to host the contest at
your university, contact Lori Levin, lslcs.cmu.edu.

In addition, any student may participate in the Internet category by
finding a local high school or university teacher to facilitate the contest.

About Linguistics Olympiads:

The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) is the
direct descendent of the Olympiad in Linguistics and Mathematics founded in
1965 in Moscow, Russia. High school students compete by solving linguistics
and logic problems based on natural languages. This program is credited
with introducing thousands of Russian students to the field of linguistics,
many of whom have gone on to become prominent professional linguists. NACLO
includes traditional Olympiad problems as well as some computational
problems. This is not a competition that deals with computer technology,
but with all aspects of natural language structure and function, including
computational thinking as it relates to natural language processing.

Thank you very much for your help in raising the profile of our discipline
among secondary school students. Please contact any of the executive team
members below if you have any questions or would like to be involved in
some way, including possibly hosting a competition in your area and/or
submitting a problem for future competitions.

Lori Levin - Co-chair. lslcs.cmu.edu
Thomas E. Payne - Co-chair. tpayneuoregon.edu
Dragomir R. Radev - Program chair and team coach. radevumich.edu

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics



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