Welcome to the Linguistics Challenge!

The Linguistics Challenge was a fun and educational activity designed for secondary school students (ages 12 through 18). University students and other adults also find these materials interesting and challenging. The idea is to solve puzzles in languages you have never studied or learned. On this site you will find linguistics puzzles that may be used as classroom materials, homeschool activities, or just plain fun. These puzzles will challenge your analytic and problem-solving skills, while at the same time exposing you to the richness and variety of some of the world's fascinating languages. Click on the links to find out more!

Many of the problems you find on this site are adaptations of problems used in international linguistics competitions. Others are original creations of linguists and linguistics students at the University of Oregon and other institutions.

The materials on this site are provided courtesy of the Linguistics Society of America, and the Linguistics Department of the University of Oregon. All of the materials are protected by copyright, and may be freely used for personal enjoyment and educational purposes. Click here for a detailed acceptable use statement. Your continued use of this site implies you have read and agree with this statement.

Privacy policy: Absolutely no information from visitors to this site is collected or stored. As a service to users, certificates of completion may be emailed to teachers or other individuals chosen by the user. The email addresses submitted are not stored in any way. They are used only to send the certificate. If another certificate is to be e-mailed to the same address, the address must be submitted a second time.

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