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LINGUIST List 20.3985

Fri Nov 20 2009

Jobs: Chinese, German, Portuguese, Phonetics: Consultant, Gracenote

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        1.    Emily Hoolhorst, Chinese, Mandarin; German, Standard; Portuguese & Phonetics: Consultant, Gracenote, Inc, California, USA

Message 1: Chinese, Mandarin; German, Standard; Portuguese & Phonetics: Consultant, Gracenote, Inc, California, USA
Date: 19-Nov-2009
From: Emily Hoolhorst <ehoolhorstgracenote.com>
Subject: Chinese, Mandarin; German, Standard; Portuguese & Phonetics: Consultant, Gracenote, Inc, California, USA
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University or Organization: Gracenote, Inc
Job Location: California, USA
Web Address: http://www.gracenote.com
Job Rank: Consultant

Specialty Areas: Phonetics

Required Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
                            German, Standard (deu)
                            Portuguese (por)


Location: Emeryville, CA (local candidates only please)

PHONETICIAN - 3 month contract position (20+ hours/week)
(Seeking knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, EU Portuguese, German)

Gracenote is a global leader in the space of digital media recognition,
management, enjoyment, and discovery. We are looking for a Phonetician to
help maintain and expand our media-related speech command and control
product (MediaVOCS) for PC, embedded (Consumer Electronics and Mobile) and
on-line platforms, as we continue to expand our current offering, the
MediaVOCS product, into more markets to provide our customers a truly
global solution.

It is a great opportunity for an expert in linguistics, phonetics and
speech technologies to participate in enhancements to our MediaVOCS
product. This individual will contribute to the content creation and
maintenance process that drives MediaVOCS to ensure that it continues to
enable an industry leading speech-operated user interface.

- Review and edit Gracenote international speech data
- Assist in the maintenance and development of Gracenote's linguistic
processing of speech content
- Interact with Content team to develop standards for content review based
upon analysis of content review
- Work with Gracenote phonetic experts to improve cross-language processing


Education & Experience:
- BS/BA degree in Linguistics, Computer Science or equivalent
- 1-3 years of experience in speech software solutions or phonetic data
editing is preferred
- International experience is a plus, especially Japan, Korea, China or
non-UK Europe

Skills & Knowledge:
- Understanding and experience with phonetics and phonology
- Fluency in one or more phonetic alphabets such as the International
Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), X-SAMPA, Kirshenbaum, etc.
- Ability to learn phonetic and phonological characteristics for languages
other than English
- Knowledge of foreign languages is a plus
- Seeking knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, EU Portuguese, German
- Partial or total literacy in non-Roman written languages like Chinese,
Arabic, or Cyrillic a big plus
- Excellent organizational and project management skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Must be able to communicate effectively in the areas of speech software
applications that enable speech-operated command and control digital music
and media
- Knowledge of digital music software, Internet services and/or consumer
electronics a plus
- Knowledge of entertainment media metadata and information architecture
principles is a plus

Personal Qualities:
- Professional demeanor, strong presence, and ability to interact with all
levels of personnel within the organization
- Strong team player that thrives in a rapid-paced and fluid
entrepreneurial environment
- Genuine passion for Music, Movies, TV, and the visual arts

Gracenote, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, is the
worldwide leader in information services for digital music and media. With
the Corporate office located in Emeryville, California, global offices in
Tokyo, Berlin, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and satellite offices throughout the
US, Gracenote is expanding to make an even greater impact on the digital
music world. Gracenote is looking for enthusiastic, high-energy people with
a passion for music and digital media.

For further consideration, please submit your resume to the email address

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Email Address for Applications: jobsgracenote.com
Contact Information:
Email: jobsgracenote.com

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