LINGUIST List 29.1231

Tue Mar 20 2018

Jobs: Japanese; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Language Engineer, Amazon

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <clarelinguistlist.org>


Date: 19-Mar-2018
From: Kayoko Yanagisawa <yakayokoamazon.com>
Subject: Japanese; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Language Engineer, Amazon, Cambridge, UK
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University or Organization: Amazon
Job Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Job Title: Language Engineer (Japanese)

Job Rank: Language Engineer

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; General Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; NLP

Required Language(s): Japanese (jpn)

Description:

Come join us, we build TTS voices that help developers revolutionize the way people interact with devices and services!

At Amazon, we take pride in building complete end-to-end solutions, starting from researching a problem, implementing the solution, building a scalable and reliable service and ensuring the service is there when you need it.

The position is based at the Amazon office in Cambridge, UK.

As a TTS Language Engineer you will work alongside Software Developers who are subject matter experts in speech synthesis and related fields. You are expected to have solid knowledge of linguistics, in particular knowledge of phonetics/phonology. You will be working on a variety of tasks to improve natural language processing of TTS (text-to-speech). You will actively collaborate with Software Developers with linguistic expertise throughout the whole language and voice building process at Amazon.

The tasks include:
- Normalizing textual resources through regular expressions
- Creating natural language test cases for natural language processing modules
- Labeling text with semantic, syntactic and morphological features
- Contribute to the formalization of language models through in depth knowledge of phonological and morphosyntactic aspects of the target language
- Annotating lexicon entries according to guidelines
- Producing / validating phonetic transcriptions
- QA of TTS voices and linguistic data

Basic Qualifications:
- Native-level proficiency in Japanese
- Solid knowledge of phonetics/phonology
- Solid knowledge of regular expressions
- Ability to create / fix phonetic transcriptions in the target language
- Knowledge of Unix/Linux command line tools

Preferred Qualifications:
- Knowledge of scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python)
- Degree in Linguistics, with specialization in Phonology, Computational linguistics or similar
- Familiarity with software version control tools (e.g. Git)
- Solid communication skills
- Strong personal interest in learning, researching, and creating new technologies related to foreign languages, linguistics, phonetics, phonology and language technology
- Comfortable working in a fast paced, highly collaborative, dynamic work environment

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications: langtonamazon.co.uk
Web Address for Applications: http://bit.ly/2G9vqRy
Contact Information:
Dr Kayoko Yanagisawa
Email: yakayokoamazon.com

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