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The Art of Problem Solving is hosting a free for Math Jam those interested in linguistics:

 Date: Nov 20 (Fri)
Time: 7:30 PM Eastern
Instructor: Christina Skelton
Two linguists discuss the the Comparative Method, a linguistic theory which describes how languages change over time, and use it to demonstrate that English is related to some exotic languages you never would have imagined, like Sanskrit and Hittite.

 

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NACLO 2009


Adam Hesterberg

Adam Hesterberg

Students who excel at math competitions like the AMC 10 and 12 might be interested in participating in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad coming up in February.   Similar to the USAMO, this national test is used to select a team to compete internationally in the International Linguistics Olympiad.

Like Math Circles and international problem solving competitions, these linguistics competitions have their origins in Eastern Europe.  They also appear to draw on many of the same problem solving and thinking talents of successful Math Olympians.    In this interview with Adam Hesterberg, a former MATHCOUNTS and USAMO winner, explains how he prepared for his win in last year’s ILO.

For those of us in the Metroplex area it appears that the University of North Texas in Denton will be offering the NACLO this year.

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