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Thu 26 Aug 1993

Jobs: Norwegian, Spanish

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  1. Heather Davenport, Jobs: Spanish. Norwegian

Message 1: Jobs: Spanish. Norwegian

Date: Fri, 20 Aug 93 16:32:30 EDJobs: Spanish. Norwegian
From: Heather Davenport <davenpthhmco.com>
Subject: Jobs: Spanish. Norwegian


HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY: SOFTWARE DIVISION
 August 16, 1993

 ***JOB ANNOUNCEMENT***

Announcement of positions available for FREELANCE LINGUISTS, local to the
Boston area, for Norwegian (Nynorsk and Bokmal) for a three- to six-month
period starting October 1993.

The Software Division of Houghton Mifflin Company is seeking highly competent
linguists with strong editorial skills to participate in the development of
electronic proofreading and reference products. We require familiarity with
the personal computer (ideally an IBM PC or compatible), an extremely high
level of accuracy, an eye for detail, and a thorough knowledge of the grammar,
writing conventions, and current business vocabulary of the language.

After orientation to our development process, freelance linguists are
expected to work independently. They are responsible for maintaining regular
backups of all work, respecting the confidential nature of our product plans,
and submitting progress reports and completed work in a timely manner. Among
the varieties of tasks the linguist may be expected to perform are the
following:

1. Establish rules to generate all inflected forms of nouns, verbs,
adjectives, etc. A suitable candidate must have native fluency in Norwegian,
and should have experience teaching the language (morphology, grammar,
writing). An advanced degree in linguistics is desirable.

2. Develop test materials for spelling and grammar correction.
A suitable candidate would be someone who has worked extensively with written
materials in Norwegian as an editor, proofreader, or teacher. Such a person
should be familiar with the kinds of spelling, typographical, formatting, and
grammatical errors native speakers make, and should be able to assess the
appropriate levels of vocabulary and usage indicated for contemporary
electronic writing tools.

3. Document conventions for punctuation and the formatting of dates, numbers,
and time notation. A suitable candidate would be a technical writer, a
secretary, a typesetter, or a translator who is sensitive to the language-
-specific writing conventions. There are few people who actually know these
conventions; our best linguists and editors are able to combine their
judgment (formed from personal experience) with careful and imaginative
research to develop acceptable style guidelines.

4. Edit reference material for implementation as an electronic product.
A suitable candidate would have a high degree of technical knowledge in
addition to sophisticated language skills. The linguist/editor must make
responsible lexicographical decisions while remaining aware of the
implications of such decisions for the structure and functioning of an
electronic reference product.

Interested candidates should send their resumes to:

Houghton Mifflin Company
Software Division
222 Berkeley Street, 11th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Attn: Mary Lou Kirkpatrick

FAX (617) 351-1115, or call for further information (617) 351-3072

Houghton Mifflin Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


 HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY: SOFTWARE DIVISION
 August 16, 1993

 ***JOB ANNOUNCEMENT***

Announcement of position available for a Software Linguist for Spanish:
full-time staff position in Boston, immediate opening.

The Software Division of Houghton Mifflin Company is accepting applications
for the position of Software Linguist with native fluency in Spanish. We are
seeking a linguist with strong language and editorial skills to participate
in the development of electronic proofreading and reference products. The
successful candidate must have a solid understanding of the linguistic
features of the Spanish language. We require DOS literacy, an extremely high
level of accuracy, an eye for detail, and a thorough knowledge of the grammar,
writing conventions, and current business vocabulary of the language.

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate a wide range of expertise,
and the ability not only to perform demanding and complex linguistic and
editorial tasks, but to manage the activities of freelance personnel engaged
on selected assignments. Required: Masters degree or equivalent in language,
linguistics, or a related discipline; three years of experience in language
software development.

Interested applicants should send resume, including salary history, to:

Houghton Mifflin Company
Software Division
222 Berkeley Street, 11th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Attn: Mary Lou Kirkpatrick

FAX (617) 351-1115, or call for further information (617) 351-3072

Houghton Mifflin Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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