LINGUIST List 32.2069

Wed Jun 16 2021

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Lexicography: Programmer, Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 15-Jun-2021
From: Anna Luisa Daigneault <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Lexicography: Programmer, Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages
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University or Organization: Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages
Department: Living Dictionaries
Job Location: , ---------------- (Telecommute)
Web Address:
Job Title: Web Developer

Job Rank: Programmer

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Web Applications


Title of position: Web Developer
Organization: Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages
Hours: Part-time contractor position, 12.5 hours per week, flexible schedule.
Location: Remote
Duration: 5 months (roughly July-Nov 2021), with the possibility to renew the contract
Start date: As soon as possible
Salary: $30.00 USD/hour

Living Tongues Institute is seeking a part-time web developer! In working with Living Tongues, you will have an opportunity to develop and expand a unique web-based platform that serves threatened and under-represented languages communities around the globe. The web developer’s responsibilities include:
- Design, develop and optimize Living Dictionaries, an online dictionary-builder
- Code new features on the development roadmap
- Assist with language localization, in collaboration with Program Director
- Batch import digital dictionary data onto the platform
- Perform routine site audits and ongoing maintenance, on an as-needed basis
- Maintain regular communication with the Program Director concerning the development and direction of the website
- Provide tech support to dictionary managers and language activists in collaboration with Program Director

- Background in linguistics and web development
- Minimum 3 years of work experience in web development
- Candidates must possess a familiarity with technological issues related to language localization and digitization
- Passionate about creating digital resources for under-served languages
- Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills
- Proficient in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (with experience in at least 1 Javascript framework - we use Svelte, which is quick to learn, especially if you have worked with a Javascript framework before)

About Living Dictionaries:
Led by activists and linguists around the globe, Living Dictionaries are collaborative multimedia web tools that can help languages survive for generations to come. Ideal for maintaining indigenous as well as diasporic languages, Living Dictionaries are never out-of-print, infinitely expandable resources. They go well beyond a static print dictionary by combining language data with digital audio recordings of native speakers, photos and videos. Living Dictionaries address the urgent need to provide comprehensive, freely accessible tech tools that can assist communities in conservation efforts and revitalization programs. The intended audience of this web app is inclusive, diverse and multilingual.

About Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages:
We are a non-profit research organization based in the US. Our mission is to ensure language survival for generations to come. We support speakers who are saving their languages from extinction through activism, education, and technology. Our research teams document endangered languages and cultural practices, publish scientific studies, run digital training workshops to empower language activists, and collaborate with communities to create language resources that will serve as a basis for language revitalization.

Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are a good candidate for this position to Living Tongues Program Director, Anna Luisa Daigneault at the application email provided below.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Ms. Anna Luisa Daigneault
Phone: 1-415-613-0795

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