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Job Announcement: Appen Butler Hill

Assamese; General Linguistics: Consultant, Appen Butler Hill

Employer: Appen Butler Hill

Job Location: ---------------- (Telecommute)
Rank: Consultant
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Specialty: Assamese
LL Issue: 23.3502
Date Submitted: 21-Aug-2012
Job Description: Appen Butler Hill is currently looking for an Assamese Linguist for a part
time linguistic project. The work will last approximately 4 months (with
varied data flow), and is on a flexible basis, requiring approximately 10-
20 hours per week. This is a virtual position.

The work will involve assisting in creating the Lexicon component of a
Speech Database (SDB) in Assamese, as spoken in the state of Assam
in India. A Lexicon is an electronic pronunciation dictionary (in text
format) consisting of phonetic representations of all words transcribed
from audio files in a SDB. The lexicons also include syllable boundaries,
and usually include variant pronunciations, dialectal or regional
variation, and additional labeling indicating ‘foreign word’, ‘proper
name’, ‘acronym’, ‘homonym’, etc. The work will also involve assisting
with resolution of any spelling standardization or dialectal variation
issues in the language. The majority of the linguist’s time will be spent
checking and correcting transcriptions of words in phonetic script.
Training in Appen Butler Hill’s processes will be provided.

Required Skills:
- Background in linguistics, specifically in phonetics and phonology;
- Native speaker of Assamese;
- Completed or undertaking a degree in linguistics;
- Basic computing skills and familiarity with spreadsheets.
Application Deadline: 01-Jan-2013
Open until filled
Application URL: http://tbe.taleo.net/NA5/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=BUTLERHILL&cws=4&rid=366
Contact Information: Donald  Woodward
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