LINGUIST List 13.3343

Wed Dec 18 2002

Jobs: Speech Technology: Specialist, Nuance; Quebec

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Message 1: Speech Technology: Specialist, Nuance Communications Limited, Quebec

Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 16:23:49 +0000
From: linda.thibault <linda.thibaultnuance.com>
Subject: Speech Technology: Specialist, Nuance Communications Limited, Quebec



University or Organization: Nuance Communications Limited
Department: Languages Engineering
Rank of Job: Speech Technology Specialist
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics, Phonetics, Speech Technology


Description:

SUMMARY: 
 
Maintain Nuance's pronunciation and part-of-speech dictionaries. 
Coordinate and contribute to linguistic work for speech recognizer 
language module development and text-to-speech synthesizer voice 
creation. Participate in the development of speech recognizer
language modules.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
*Coordinate and contribute to linguistic work for speech recognizer
language module development

*Maintain and enhance pronunciation dictionaries for multiple
languages, as well as the dictionary databases.

*In cooperation with the recognizer and TTS teams, unify the dictionaries: 
	-across products (short-term objective) 
	-across variations of English (mid-term objective) 
	-across multiple languages (long-term objective) 

*Evaluation of commercial dictionaries for purchase 

*Supervise junior linguists 

*Coordinate and contribute to linguistic work for text-to-speech
 Synthesizer voice creation

*Creation and extension of scripts used for voice talent recording

*Run auto-annotation tool on new Synthesizer voices and correct
 segmentation and annotations.
	-monitor script annotation quality from the Nuance and
	 external transcription group

*Develop normalization rules for acronyms, abbreviations, etc. for
 multiple languages

*Tuning of initial voice releases, relative to POS tagging, parsers
 and prosody modeling.

*Participate in the development of new and tuned Speech Recognizer
 Language Modules

*Collection of recognizer training data 
	-internal and external data collection 
	-utterance recordings from customer sites in cooperation with
	 Professional Service team
	-evaluation of commercial databases for purchase 
	-monitor data transcription quality from the Nuance and
	 external transcription group

*Language module development including, training, testing,
documentation and packaging
 
REQUIRED SKILLS:
*Thorough understanding of phonetics of conversational speech as it
applies to English, Spanish, French and Portuguese as spoken in the
Americas

*Knowledge and experience with Text-to-Speech Synthesis and/or Speaker
and Speech Recognition technologies

*Ability to communicate effectively and work with teams across
multiple time-zones

*Strong Unix scripting skills 
 
 
IDEAL SKILLS:
*Graduate degree in Linguistics, Engineering or Computer Science 
* or more years of industrial experience 

EDUCATION: 
*Bachelor's or Graduate degree in Linguistics, Engineering or Computer
 Science

 		
	

Address for Applications:

	Attn: Linda Thibault
	111 Duke Street
	Suite 4100
	Montreal, Quebec H3C 2M1
	Canada 
Position is open until filled.


Contact Information:
	Linda Thibault.
	Email: linda.thibaultnuance.com
	Tel: 514-732-4922
	Website: http://nuance.com

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