LINGUIST List 10.1733

Mon Nov 15 1999

Jobs: Phonetic Transcription, Computational Ling

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  1. kim hardie, Phonetic Transcription: French/English/German - Belgium
  2. John A. Goldsmith, Computational Ling: Univ of Chicago, IL USA

Message 1: Phonetic Transcription: French/English/German - Belgium

Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 12:16:37 +0100
From: kim hardie <>
Subject: Phonetic Transcription: French/English/German - Belgium


Phonetic Topographics is an independent joint venture between Tele Atlas and 
FLV Fund. It is the first European company to provide access to speech 
technology and geographical data. The company's focus is on making phonetic 
transcriptions of geographical data provided by Tele Atlas' intelligent maps 
in various alphabets. The aim is to sell these transcriptions to enable 
customers to develop real-world applications based on various speech 
technology systems. The primary markets will be car navigation, telecoms, 
internet-mapping and GIS. The company is backed by the European leader in 
digital maps, Tele Atlas, and has a strategic relationship with 

We are currently looking for 6 lexicographers for French, English and German. 

Job description: 
You will be part of a team responsible for creating, updating and maintaining 
phonetic transcriptions. This is part of the company's aim to become the 
market leader in the production, maintenance and sales of these phonetic 
transcriptions for speech-enabled databases which are to be applied in the 
areas of car navigation, GIS and telecoms.

Your tasks will include creating, updating and maintaining phonetic 
* Reporting on the production process and the improvements to the Production 
Manager and later to the Chief Lexicographer
* Reporting on the estimation of the production capacity to the Production 
Manager and later to the Chief Lexicographer

* Education:
Preferably a higher degree in languages. A linguistics degree would be an 
* Experience:
Candidates should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in computer studies
 and/or speech technology
* Technical skills:
Experience of working in a database environment and able to use the specific 
software programs
* Personal skills:
Candidates should have well-developed interpersonal skills, good communication
skills, be able to work in a team-building environment. They should be 
enthusiastically and pro-actively inclined, result-driven, able to work in a 
concentrated manner and deliver quality work. 
* Languages:
Phonetic Topographics is looking for 6 lexicographers: 2 for French, 2 for 
German and 2 for UK English. For these we need people with perfect spoken 
knowledge in those languages. Basic knowledge of Dutch would be an asset.

These positions are full-time, starting the very latest 1 January 2000, 
earlier if possible and are all based in Flanders Language Valley in Ieper, 

For further information, please contact Danny Balcaen, Director, Phonetic 
Topographics, Flanders Language Valley 48, 8900 Ieper (Belgium). 
Tel: +32 (0)57 230 340. Fax: +32 (0)57 230 186.
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Message 2: Computational Ling: Univ of Chicago, IL USA

Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 15:01:52 -0800
From: John A. Goldsmith <>
Subject: Computational Ling: Univ of Chicago, IL USA

The University of Chicago 
Department of Computer Science 

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago is 
recruiting at all levels in computational linguistics, as a part of 
a broad recruiting effort in areas including, but not limited to, 
AI, bioinformatics, computational linguistics, systems, and theory. 

The University of Chicago has the highest standards for scholarship 
and faculty quality -- and the Computer Science Department's charge 
and goal is substantial growth through appointments that will 
enhance the quality and prestige of our University. We especially 
value faculty whose research has impact and visibility beyond 
Computer Science. 

The University of Chicago has a long tradition of cross-disciplinary
work, and we encourage applications from candidates interested
in cooperating with colleagues in neighboring departments, including,
but not limited to, linguistics, psychology, and statistics.

The Chicago Metropolitan area is diverse and exciting. The local 
economy is vigorous, with international stature in banking, trade, 
commerce, and transportation; while the cultural scene can boast 
diverse cultures, vibrant theater, world renown symphony, opera, 
jazz, and blues, not to mention the best pizza in the world. 

Please send nominations or applications to 
Professor Stuart A. Kurtz, Chairman 
Department of Computer Science 
The University of Chicago 
1100 E. 58th Street, Ryerson Hall 
Chicago, IL 60637 
The University of Chicago is an equal opportunity/affirmative action 
employer, and encourages applications from under-represented 
minorities and women. 

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