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LINGUIST List 20.4255

Fri Dec 11 2009

Jobs: Phonetics: Consultant, Gracenote

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        1.    Emily Hoolhorst, Chinese, Mandarin; French; German, Standard; Italian; Portuguese; Spanish & Phonetics: Consultant, Gracenote

Message 1: Chinese, Mandarin; French; German, Standard; Italian; Portuguese; Spanish & Phonetics: Consultant, Gracenote
Date: 10-Dec-2009
From: Emily Hoolhorst <ehoolhorstgracenote.com>
Subject: Chinese, Mandarin; French; German, Standard; Italian; Portuguese; Spanish & Phonetics: Consultant, Gracenote
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University or Organization: Gracenote
Job Location: , ---------------- (Telecommute)
Web Address: http://www.gracenote.com
Job Rank: Consultant

Specialty Areas: Phonetics

Required Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
                            French (fra)
                            German, Standard (deu)
                            Italian (ita)
                            Portuguese (por)
                            Spanish (spa)


GRACENOTE, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation
(contracting work can be done remotely)

PHONETICIAN - 2 to 3 month contract position (20+ hours/week)
*Seeking fluency of Mandarin Chinese or Portuguese
*Also looking for NATIVE speakers of French, Italian, German, Spanish

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
in an environment that exhibits the pace and energy of a start-up within a
proven and disciplined content and product organization. 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 or equivalent
- 1-3 years of experience in speech software solutions or phonetic data
editing is preferred

Skills & Knowledge
- Seeking knowledge/fluency of Mandarin Chinese or Portuguese
- Also looking for NATIVE speakers of French, Italian, German, Spanish
- 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
- Excellent organizational and project management skills
- Must be able to communicate effectively and authoritatively 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.

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

Application Deadline: 07-Jan-2010

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

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