LINGUIST List 29.1494

Thu Apr 05 2018

Jobs: Mandarin; Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics: Linguist, Amazon

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 04-Apr-2018
From: Lindsay Broderick <>
Subject: Mandarin; Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics: Linguist, Amazon
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University or Organization: Amazon
Job Location: , USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Linguist - Mandarin

Job Rank: Linguist; Other

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Phonetic transcription

Required Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)


In our team innovation and core technologies merge to build brand new linguistic features and quality assurance capabilities to continuously improve Amazon’s products.

We are seeking a Linguist to join our data team. This role focuses on speech and language data, primarily in the areas of transcription, text annotation, and general data analysis deliverables. The Linguist must be capable of:
- Transcribing and annotating high priority deliverables
- Contributing toward device interaction deliverables
- Delivering high quality under aggressive deadlines
- Translating established guidelines into daily work practices
- Working autonomously with minimum direction
- Handling unique data analysis requests from a range of data customers
- Contributing to process improvements to reduce handling time and improve output
- Extensive knowledge on IPA
In addition, the Linguist will need to quickly understand changes to conventions deployed in response to customers’ requests and change workflows accordingly. The Linguist should be able to contribute to improvements in the software tools by identifying bugs and suggesting enhancements.

The Linguist must have a passion for data, efficiency, and accuracy as well as show proactive behavior in addressing issues and problems.

Basic Qualifications:
- Linguistics background
- Native proficiency in Chinese Mandarin, both verbal and written skills
- Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics or Languages
- Extensive knowledge on IPA

Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience with XSAMPA system for phonemic transcription
- Experience working with interaction data, including experience with annotation and other forms of data markup
- Practical knowledge of data processing needs and trade-offs
- Comfortable working with speech from various dialects and accents
- One or more years experience as a transcriber or annotator
- Willing to work with audio content (wearing headsets) for a portion of the day
- Excellent communicator and very detailed-oriented
- Comfortable working in a fast paced, highly collaborative, dynamic work environment
- Willingness to support several projects at one time, and to accept re prioritization as necessary
- Ability to keep up with changing project conventions and new projects
- Open to virtual or onsite employee for this role is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:

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