LINGUIST List 11.1110

Wed May 17 2000

Jobs: Urdu Linguist(Text Corpora & Lexica) at L&H

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  1. Pierre Eggermont, Urdu Linguist(Text Corpora & Lexica),Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products

Message 1: Urdu Linguist(Text Corpora & Lexica),Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 17:49:55 +0200
From: Pierre Eggermont <>
Subject: Urdu Linguist(Text Corpora & Lexica),Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products

Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products (L&H) is the world's leading
provider of speech and language technology products, solutions, and
services to businesses and individuals worldwide. It is our mission to
break down language barriers through advanced translation technology
and to enable people to interact by voice in any language with the
machines that empower them. Founded in 1987 L&H has revolutionized the
development and application of advanced speech and language
technologies. The company delivers the broadest array of consumer,
business, and industry offerings in automatic dictation, translation,
sound compression, voice synthesis, and industrial documentation. As
a NASDAQ and EASDAQ quoted company and headquartered in Ieper
(Belgium), L&H maintains offices in more than forty countries in
Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North America, and South America. With
over 2.000 employees - mainly linguists, scientists and engineers - we
generated an annual revenue of $344 million in 1999. For the
development of language and speech technology, L&H currently has an
opening in its International Headquarters in Ieper (Belgium) for a

 Linguist Urdu
 Text Corpora & Lexica

The Linguist Text Corpora & Lexica will work in the Linguistic
Resources (LR) department of the Corporate Research & Development
Division (CRD). He or she will report to a group manager or team
leader of the department and will closely cooperate with:

(1) the other members of LR department and its engineering support,
(2) the team working on Urdu in the Linguistic Engineering Department of CRD,
(3) the team that creates and collects linguistic resources in the country 
 where Urdu is spoken.

The Linguistic Resources Linguist Urdu is the company-wide focal point
for linguistic resources for Urdu. Linguistic resources include
lexical databases, acoustic databases and electronic text corpora.
The linguistic resources are used to develop L&H?s language and speech
technologies with an initial focus on TTS, ASR and Dictation.


As the Linguist you will:

� assist in the organization & follow-up of the collection and creation of
 linguistic resources for Urdu by a local team that operates in Pakistan;
� Quality Assurance: assure the quality, consistency, and conformance to L&H
 standards of the linguistic resources supplied by the local team by 
 performing regular checks in every step of the process;
� resource providers and distributors, evaluate their linguistic resources and
 assist in the negotiations of purchases of and/or licenses on third party
 linguistic resources;
� contribute to consolidation of linguistic resources, especially w.r.t. Urdu,
 including maintenance of catalogues and an archive of linguistic resources 
 and integration of various linguistic resources in a standard format;
� create, enhance and extend lexical databases for the Urdulanguage. The 
 lexical databases will have to contain at least:orthographic representation,
 phonetic transcriptions, Part-of-Speech, inflectional codes, morphological 
� assists in defining the language-specific requirements for linguistic
 resources for Urdu, including the definition of language-specific grammatical
 features and transcription conventions;
� make suggestions to optimize the working methods and to partially automate
 your tasks.


� degree in philology or linguistics;
� native proficiency of Urdu and a good working knowledge of English;
� strong interest in formal linguistics and phonetic aspects;
� experience with programming, scripting languages (AWK, Perl)and computational
 linguistics is an advantage;
� ability to work in a team and independently;
� perseverance and thoroughness;
� willingness to travel abroad for limited periods of time;
. organized and detail-oriented.


If you are interested in this job opportunity and you believe to fulfill the
required profile, we have to meet each other.
 Please send your application letter and detailed resume to:

 Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products
 Personnel Department

 attn. Mr. Pierre Eggermont
 Flanders Language Valley 50
 B-8900 Ieper
 Fax: int+ 32 (0)

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