Jobs [ ]: linguistics

[Job posted on September 18th 2014 by Nuance Communications on Linguist List]


University or Organization: Nuance Communications BVBA
Job Location: Merelbeke, Belgium
Web Address:
Job Title: Linguist/Phonetician – Speech Data Validation

Job Rank: Linguist/Phonetician – Speech Data Validation

Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Phonology

Required Language(s): English (eng)


Position Summary
– Major duties and responsibilities: assisting in the speech data validation effort for the development of UK English TTS voices.
– General reporting structure: The contractor will be a member of a data validation team working on the above named projects and reporting to Mihaela Calacean (supervised by Mario DeBock).
– Location: Merelbeke, Belgium

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Principal Responsibilities
– Perform phonetic validation of speech data i.e. listen to voice recordings and check if orthography, phonetic transcriptions and prosodic labels are correct and match the audio signals.
– Perform segmentation validation i.e. check if phoneme boundaries are well aligned to the audio signal.
– Perform synthesis evaluation i.e. listen and evaluate synthesis generated with Female/Male UK English text-to-speech voices.
– Participate in the effort of tuning the TTS voices.
– Testing the product release.

– Education: Candidates need to have studied English at an advanced (university) level (e.g. germanisten, vertalers, tolken).
– Number of Years of Work Experience: N/A

Required Skills
– Native or near-native proficiency in English
– Thorough understanding of phonological and phonetic concepts
– Very good listening skills
– Strong computer skills in a Windows environment and greater than average comfort with software
– Strong sense of precision and quality in the daily job
– Ability to work independently as well as in a team
– Good problem solving, analytic and troubleshooting skills

Preferred Skills
– Experience with correcting phonetic transcriptions for speech technology
– Familiarity with development of language assets of text-to-speech technologies

Application Deadline: 15-Oct-2014 (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications: 
Contact Information:
Craig Robertson


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