LINGUIST List 8.1216

Sat Aug 23 1997

Jobs: Software Developer for NLP Project

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  1. Deborah Coughlin, Software Developer for NLP Project (Microsoft)

Message 1: Software Developer for NLP Project (Microsoft)

Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 16:23:30 -0700
From: Deborah Coughlin <>
Subject: Software Developer for NLP Project (Microsoft)

 The NLP Group in Microsoft Research is looking for a software
 developer. The position will be located on the Microsoft central
 campus in Redmond, Washington, USA. This is a great opportunity to
 work with a dedicated group of researchers who are creating a system
 for unrestricted text understanding and generation.
 The NLP group has created an underlying architecture and tools based
 on our English system. We now have linguists working to extend the
 system to European and Far East languages, and this requires
 significant changes to the underlying code base, and (equally
 important) to the tools that the linguists use.
 The developer's primary responsibility will be to provide whatever
 changes or tools the linguists need in order to proceed with
 linguistic development. This includes (but is not restricted to)
 modifying the tools for creating grammar and morphology systems to
 handle aspects of non-English languages as they come up, enhancing
 the tools for lexicographic work across seven languages, and doing
 data and dictionary conversions.
 The developer's qualifications should include professional C++
 programming experience and a strong background in NLP. Experience
 with non-English languages, Unicode issues, and Microsoft tools are
 We are in the process of designing and building a system to analyze
 unrestricted natural language, taking input text, and moving from
 lexical/morphological analysis through syntax, semantics, and
 eventually pragmatics and discourse. A generation component is also
 planned. The programming system and underlying principles that are
 used for English have been found to be applicable to other languages.
 We are empirically oriented, and are happy to use good linguistic
 ideas wherever they can be found. A reasonable first-version summary
 of our techniques and some of our experience can be found in the book
 "Natural Language Processing: The PLNLP Approach," Kluwer Academic
 Publishers, Boston, 1993.
 For more information about the NLP group, connect to our home page on
 the World Wide Web.
 CONTACT: Please send resumes, cover letters, and any additional
 materials to:
 	Steven Clyne
 	Human Resources
 	Microsoft Corporation
 	One Microsoft Way
 	Redmond, WA 98052
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