LINGUIST List 25.2153

Thu May 15 2014

Jobs: Bambara; Shona; Twi; Yoruba; General Linguistics; Lexicography; Morphology; Translation: Linguist, AECOM

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 14-May-2014
From: Nicole Ballen <>
Subject: Bambara; Shona; Twi; Yoruba; General Linguistics; Lexicography; Morphology; Translation: Linguist, AECOM, Maryland, USA
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University or Organization: AECOM
Job Location: Maryland, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Linguist- 97270

Job Rank: Linguist

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Lexicography; Morphology; Translation; Twi

Required Language(s): Bambara (bam)
                            Shona (sna)
                            Yoruba (yor)


AECOM is in search of a highly motivated and enthusiastic language expert to build a machine translation lexicon to assist in the automated translation of Shona, Twi, Yoruba, or Bambara into English. All software and the machine translation system will be provided.

Primary Responsibilities:
- Create and enhance machine translation capabilities by extensive lexicographic work in the source language
- Codify inflectional morphology of the source language by writing succinct grammar rules for the machine translation program
- Manage time and resources effectively in order to meet pre-determined milestones

Skills used on the job will include:
- Lexicography for machine translation
- Translation
- Morphological analysis and description
- Corpus acquisition
- Bilingual interpretation/multilingual analysis
- Status/metrics reporting
- Project planning and tracking
- Engagement with academia for resources as needed

Minimum Requirements
- Native or near-native proficiency in Shona, Twi, Yoruba, and/or Bambara
- Strong command of written English
- Desire to learn new tools and adapt to new technology

Applicants will need to take a short test to measure linguistic aptitude for the task.

Preferred Qualifications
- Knowledge of scripting language, such as Perl
- Degree in computational linguistics or linguistics
- Experience with translation and/or interpretation

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Nicole Ballen

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