LINGUIST List 13.1551

Thu May 30 2002

Support: Phonetics/Computational Ling: PhD U/Nijmegen

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  1. Helmer Strik, Phonetics: Junior Researcher (PhD student), Univ. of Nijmegen

Message 1: Phonetics: Junior Researcher (PhD student), Univ. of Nijmegen

Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 13:02:57 +0200
From: Helmer Strik <>
Subject: Phonetics: Junior Researcher (PhD student), Univ. of Nijmegen

The Department of Language & Speech, University of Nijmegen, offers a
four-year position for research on automatic generation and validation
of phonetic transcriptions.

Project title

Automatic generation and validation of phonetic transcriptions.

Project description

There is an increasing need for automatic procedures to generate and
validate phonetic transcriptions, to support developments in speech
technology and in fundamental phonetic research. At present, phonetic
transcriptions are typically made by hand, which is time-consuming,
costly and error-prone. The aim of this project is to develop
automatic procedures to generate 'appropriate' phonetic
transcriptions. In the first stage of the project the aim is to
automatically generate phonetic transcriptions that resemble manual
phonetic transcriptions as much as possible (as it is generally done).

However, for some applications the automatically generated phonetic
transcriptions do not have to be identical to manual transcriptions,
and certain deviations are less important than others. Therefore, in
the second stage of the project, deviations between automatically
generated and manual phonetic transcriptions are studied in the
context of three potential applications of phonetic transcription in
applied and fundamental speech research.

We expect that this project will shed light on the usability of
automatically generated phonetic transcriptions (for certain
applications), and will also yield automatic procedures for validating
phonetic transcriptions. The work will be carried out in close
collaboration with the Speech Processing Expertise Centre SPEX.

Additional information: 
 * on this vacancy:
 * on the activities of SPEX:
 * on the Dept. of Language & Speech:

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Information / Application:

Requirements for the job:
 * MA/MSc in Speech Technology, Speech Science or Computer Science
 * Experience in automatic speech recognition, phonetic transcription
 * Programming skills (preferably Perl, Unix)
 * Knowledge of Dutch phonology and phonetics
 * Ability to work in a team

Interested parties who (at least partially) fulfill the qualifications
stated above should send an application (preferably by e-mail) before
June 28th, 2002, containing:
 * Name
 * A short paragraph describing your qualifications
 * Contact details of references

 dr. H. van den Heuvel
 Tel. +31-24-3611686

 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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