Translators for Software Localization and App Development

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Email: dubois@ucsb.edu

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John

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DuBois

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Project Description

Translators for software localization and app development

Languages of interest: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Marathi, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Telugu, Urdu, and Yoruba (or any language you speak and write fluently).

We are recruiting a new team of translators for software localization, as part of an open-source software project to create apps for linguistic analysis and language games.

Translators and software localizers perform support functions for app developers: They are responsible for translating all menus, dialogues, help messages, and documentation for pre-release software. Through this project, you will get hands-on experience with performing software translation and localization.

The app we are developing is Rezonator, designed for visualizing resonance and coherence in dialogue. (For more information, see our website at https://rezonator.com.)

Undergraduate Contribution

We will teach you:
- how to use professional translation software to translate and localize apps and games
- how to collaborate with other translators on the localization team, and with the app development team, compiling, checking, and submitting translation files

Requirements and/or Application Instructions

Participants in this research should:
- Be fluent in speaking, reading, and writing a language other than English
- Have an Interest in learning new skills for professional translation of software
- No previous programming experience is required

Successful applicants will receive training on software translation and localization techniques from UCSB doctoral student Giorgia Troiani, a former video game translator, localizer, and tester at Electronic Arts. Students will work under the supervision of Troiani and Prof. John W. DuBois. Students will receive 2 to 4 units of course credit in LING 199 (for 3rd - 4th-year students) or LING 99 (for 1st - 2nd-year students). For 2 units, Research Assistants must commit to work 6 hours per week (60 hours total) during the quarter. For 4 units, Research Assistants must commit to work 10 hours per week (100 hours total) during the quarter.

To apply, please send the following materials to Giorgia Troiani (gtroiani@ucsb.edu) by April 1, 2021:
- brief resume or CV with relevant experience and skills
- language and level of fluency
- unofficial transcripts
- a one-paragraph explanation of why you are interested in the position and what language you would like to work with.

Brief informal interviews with selected applicants will be conducted.

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