lin·guis·tics /lɪŋˈgwɪstɪks/

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Major branches of linguistics include phonetics (the study of speech sounds in their physical aspects), phonology (the study of speech sounds in their cognitive aspects), morphology (the study of the formation of words), syntax (the study of the formation of sentences), semantics (the study of meaning), and pragmatics (the study of language use). Interdisciplinary approaches to linguistics include historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, ethnolinguistics or anthropological linguistics, dialectology, computational linguistics, and neurolinguistics.

Every year, American and Canadian high school students compete by solving linguistic puzzles at the North American Computational Linguistics Open Competition (NACLO). NACLO winners get to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary. The key is focus and analytical reasoning. The next NACLO will be held on 27 January 2022 (Open Round) and 17 March 2022 (Invitational Round).

Join us every Tuesday during lunchtime at Room E-14 to practice and discuss sample problems.

  • No Club Meeting on Tuesday, 14 December 2021 (final week).
  • Club Meeting resumes on Tuesday, 4 January 2022 after the holidays.