Language Log reports that the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad kicks off today. I was curious to know what kinds of problems the high school participants will be tackling- and it turns out the questions are really fun. One, from the 2012 competition, shows the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 17 languages and asks contestants to look for patterns and group the languages into seven categories. Other questions, like the one copied below, are mini-exercises in code-breaking:
You can see all the questions from the first round of last year's competition here.
Also, the subject line of this post is a sentence in the Australian aboriginal language Bardi that's featured in question F of the booklet. If you figure out what it means, let us know.
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