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Linguist, Latin American Spanish (8923201)

Are you interested in natural language technologies? Are you a native-level Latin American Spanish speaker who has studied Spanish linguistics? Come join us! We're looking for linguists to help us build cutting-edge Natural Language Processing systems for Latin American Spanish.

We value expertise in any sub-field of linguistics. No matter your experience, you should be passionate about your area and arrive ready to describe your favorite research project. You should have experience developing/evaluating theories that capture linguistic generalizations while also being precise, concise, and implementable. We need people who can articulate their positions and intuitions while seeking common ground with others.

You are open to programming and data processing techniques; you have written some code and are willing to learn more. You know that language data is the underpinning of all current language technologies. You love practical language analysis as well as theoretical. You understand basic statistics and experimental design. You bring a unique skill set to the table and are eager to adapt it to a diverse range of products and problems.

 

General Responsibilities

  • Drive our Spanish ontology development efforts in parallel with English efforts
  • Collaboratively develop complex and consistent linguistic analyses
  • Pilot new label sets for annotation
  • Determine quality standards for annotation
  • Annotate language data with linguistic information
  • Curate large amounts of annotated data by analyzing annotations, comparing annotations to guidelines, and building gold analyses
  • Create and revise hierarchical label sets for natural language based on the needs of the product team

 

 

Qualifications

  • Academic degree in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Language Technologies, or related field
  • Native speaker of Latin American Spanish
  • Ability to speak and write in English fluently and idiomatically
  • Interest and experience in various areas of linguistics, including pragmatics, semantics, syntax, morphology, phonology, phonetics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, and field work
  • Ability to formulate, articulate, and describe concepts and hypotheses that are broad enough to capture high-level concepts and specific enough to formalize as rules
  • Collaborative and solution-oriented attitude
  • Eagerness to learn new skills and adapt to a changing environment
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Enthusiasm for detail work and ability to focus for significant portions of the work day

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree and/or industry experience
  • Experience with basic programming techniques and familiarity with languages such as Python, PHP, Perl, and C#
  • Familiarity with version control, unit tests, and other programming best practices

 

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