LINGUIST List 11.2536

Fri Nov 24 2000

Jobs: Speech Recog: PhD at U of Nijmegen, NL

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  1. Helmer Strik, Lang Learning/Speech Recog: PhD at U of Nijmegen, NL

Message 1: Lang Learning/Speech Recog: PhD at U of Nijmegen, NL

Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 12:41:09 +0100
From: Helmer Strik <>
Subject: Lang Learning/Speech Recog: PhD at U of Nijmegen, NL


The Department of Language & Speech offers a four-year PhD position 
(OIO in a PROO-project of NWO)
for research in language learning and automatic speech recognition. 

Project title:
Implications of potentially erroneous feedback in CALL systems
(Implicaties van potentieel foutieve feedback voor CALL-systemen)

Project description:
The major objective of this project is to advance our understanding 
of the effects on learning of the frequency and the seriousness of
feedback errors in advanced self-tutoring environments. The domain in 
which we intend to work is oral proficiency training in the acquisition 
of Dutch as a foreign language. Oral proficiency training is an 
outstanding example of a situation in which the need for interactive 
multimedia environments is obvious. At the same time it is obvious that
state-of-the-art speech and language technology will make occasional
assessment errors when it comes to evaluating the correctness of
responses in interactive student-system dialogs, both with respect to
contents and pronunciation quality or fluency. Empirical investigation 
of the impact of feedback errors in interactive multimedia CAL courses
requires that such courses are available. In this project we will be
working with the successful multimedia course for the Dutch language
'Nieuwe Buren'. 
The successful applicant will undertake research into the 
application of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) in the Dutch 
multimedia course 'Nieuwe Buren'. 

Required skills:
* MA in Education Science, Applied Linguistics, Speech Science or
Computer Science
* Fluent in Dutch
* Ability to work as part of a team

Desired skills:
* Perl and UNIX
* ASR and CALL
* ICT in learning environments

Additional information can be found at


Interested parties who (at least partially) fulfill above qualifications
should send the following information AS SOON AS POSSIBLE 
(preferably by e-mail): 
* name and affiliation, 
* a short paragraph describing your qualifications
* list of publications and prior work 
* pointers to web sites or other relevant resources 


Dr. C. Cucchiarini 
Tel. +31-24-3615785


Dr. H. Strik 
Tel. +31-24-3616104

Postal Address: 

A2RT, Dept. of Language and Speech, 
University of Nijmegen
P.O. Box 9103, 
6500 HD Nijmegen, 
The Netherlands. 
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