26.1811, Jobs: Mandarin Chinese; English; Japanese; Phonetics; Phonology: TTS Linguist, Amazon.com (Ivona Software)

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Subject: 26.1811, Jobs: Mandarin Chinese; English; Japanese; Phonetics; Phonology: TTS Linguist, Amazon.com (Ivona Software)

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Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2015 18:55:01
From: Marco Nicolis [nicolism at amazon.com]
Subject: Mandarin Chinese; English; Japanese; Phonetics; Phonology: TTS Linguist, Amazon.com (Ivona Software), Gdansk, Poland

University or Organization: Amazon.com (Ivona Software) 
Job Location: Gdansk, Poland 
Job Title: TTS linguist: Mandarin Chinese | Japanese | UK English
Job Rank: Other; TTS linguists

Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Phonology 

Required Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
                      English (eng) 
                      Japanese (jpn) 


This posting is for three similar positions targeting three different
languages: UK English, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese.

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

Project duration: 9-18 months, with the possibility of converting the position
to a permanent role.

The tasks include:
- Annotating and reviewing linguistic data.
- Creating accurate phonetic transcriptions for the target language.
- Creating natural language test cases for natural language processing
- Labeling text with semantic, syntactic and morphological features
- Annotating lexicon entries according to guidelines.
- QA of TTS voices and linguistic data.


- Native speaker of the target language.
- Fluent in English.
- Degree in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics or similar.
- Knowledge of the phonetics and phonology of the target language.
- Solid communication skills.
- Strong personal interest in learning, researching, and creating new
technologies related to foreign languages, linguistics, phonetics, phonology
and language technology.
- Superior attention to detail.
- Comfortable working in a fast paced, highly collaborative, dynamic work


- Comfort with multiple computing platforms (Unix, Mac, Windows).
- Knowledge of command line tools under Unix.
- Knowledge of scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python).
- Knowledge of software version control tools (e.g. Git)

The candidate can work from one of the following Amazon offices: Poland
(Gdansk) (preferred), UK (Cambridge).

For additional information about our technology please visit:

Please apply at the following links:

Mandarin Chinese:
UK English: apply via email

Application Deadline: 31-May-2015 (Open until filled)
Contact Information:
	Marco Nicolis 
	Email: nicolism at amazon.com 

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