LINGUIST List 10.1538

Sat Oct 16 1999

Jobs: NLP/Mandarin Chinese, Computational Grammars

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  1. Valerie Maes, NLP/Mandarin Chinese - Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products, Belgium
  2. Adelina Ivanova, Comp Grammars/LCG: Post-doc Research at ISSCO, Geneva

Message 1: NLP/Mandarin Chinese - Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products, Belgium

Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 09:55:11 +0200
From: Valerie Maes <>
Subject: NLP/Mandarin Chinese - Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products, Belgium

Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products (L&H) is a global leader in advanced speech
and language solutions for computers, cars, telecommunications, embedded
products, consumer goods and the internet. The company makes the speech user
interface (SUI), the keystone of simple, convenient interaction between humans
and technology, and uses advanced translation technology to break down cultural
barriers. The L&H team is 1700 people in 25 countries. The headquarters is
located in Ieper, Belgium.

For the development of Chinese language and speech technology, Lernout & 
Hauspie is currently looking for a


for the Corporate R&D Division.


This person will work on the development of Mandarin Chinese speech 
synthesis systems. He/she will work in a language development group and 
report to the group or project manager.

Required skills:

- university degree in philology or linguistics, or equivalent
- (near) native Mandarin Chinese
- knowledge of phonetics
- interest in other languages and their linguistic aspects
- at least a basic experience with and interest in computers
- good knowledge of and/or experience in one or more of the following
areas are considered an asset:
 - (near) native English
 - speech processing, esp. text-to-speech synthesis
 - phonetics
 - computer linguistics
 - natural language processing (NLP)
 - spoken dialog systems
 - computer technology
 - standard software packages
 - programming
 - other languages than the target language
- ability to work in a team and independently
- perseverance, accuracy and thoroughness
- good social and communicative abilities
- willingness to travel abroad for limited periods of time

 If you are interested in this job opportunity and you believe to fulfil the
 required profile, we have to meet each other. Please send your application and
 detailed resume to:
Attn. Mrs. Valerie Maes
Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products
Flanders Language Valley, 50
B-8900 Ieper (BELGIUM)

To learn more about Lernout & Hauspie and its products, visit our homepage
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Message 2: Comp Grammars/LCG: Post-doc Research at ISSCO, Geneva

Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 15:31:56 +0200
From: Adelina Ivanova <>
Subject: Comp Grammars/LCG: Post-doc Research at ISSCO, Geneva

The Institute for Cognitive and Semantic Studies (ISSCO), University of
Geneva, has a vacancy for a qualified and motivated post-doc researcher
to work on the LCG project. Learning Computational Grammars (LCG) is a
research network funded by the EC Training and Mobility of Researchers
programme (TMR). The network runs from 1.03.1998 for three years and
involves 7 partner sites. LCG researches the application of a variety of
machine learning techniques from neural networks, statistical learning
and symbolic learning. Currently efforts focus on comparison of results
based on attempts to learn noun phrase structure in English, but work on
other languages is possible. More information on the LCG project can be
found at the official project site:

The candidate is expected to work together with our current TMR
researcher. S/he must have strong computational skills and demonstrated
interest in multilingual issues. The post is available as of 1.
11.1999 until the end of the project - 03. 2001.

ISSCO offers a stimulating and multidisciplinary environment and
possibility for collaboration with experts in NLP, linguistics,
psycholinguistics and translation. There will be also opportunities to
collaborate with other LCG researchers at the partner sites. Further
information can be obtained by sending e-mail with specific questions to
<> (subject: TMR post-doc) or by phone (+ 41
22 705 8678).

Applications may be sent to Dr. Susan Armstrong 
<>. They should be accompanied by a CV, list of 
publications, the names and addresses of two referees and a short statement 
outlining the candidate's interest in LCG, how it is related to the his/hers 
previous research and the special expertise s/he will bring to the project.
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