Vincent Porretta

Vincent Porretta

Language Engineer

Amazon

As a language engineer at Amazon, I develop and maintain the language models underlying Alexa that capture the meaning a customer intends when interacting with Alexa.   

Interests

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Spoken language processing
  • Foreign-accented speech
  • Visual World Paradigm eye-tracking
  • Second language acquisition and Bilingualism

Education

  • PhD in Linguistics, 2015

    University of Alberta

  • MEd in Foreign and Second Language Teaching, 2007

    Ohio State University

  • MA in Italian, 2006

    Ohio State University

  • BA in Italian, 2004

    Ohio State University

Skills

Linguistic Research

Language processing, Acoustic analysis

Teaching and Learning

Pedagogy, Curriculum Development

R

R, Shiny, R Markdown

Statistics

LMER, GAMM, Time-series Analysis

Languages

English, Italian, Spanish

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Language engineer

Amazon

Sep 2020 – Present Boston, MA
 
 
 
 
 

Sessional faculty

McMaster University

Sep 2019 – Apr 2020 Ontario
 
 
 
 
 

Sessional faculty

Brock University

Sep 2019 – Dec 2019 Ontario
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral research fellow

University of Windsor

Jun 2017 – May 2019 Ontario
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral research fellow

University of Alberta

Sep 2015 – May 2017 Alberta
 
 
 
 
 

Foreign Language Teacher

Bishop Hartley HS

Sep 2007 – Aug 2010 Ohio

R packages

PupilPre

PupilPre: Preprocessing Pupil Size Data

VWPre

VWPre: Tools for Preprocessing Visual World Data

Teaching

University Teaching

University-level courses taught

Workshops

Invited workshops taught

Collaborators

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Collaborators

Presentations

When 'bug' creeps into memory - False memories and foreign-accented speech

Punny and funny - Semantic association in pun reading

Investigating the comprehension and perception of reduced speech with pupillary response

Contact

  • Amazon - Alexa Entertainment, 101 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142