LINGUIST List 16.998

Fri Apr 01 2005

Jobs: General Ling: Lang Id Consultant, U/Pennsylvania

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        1.    Shudong Huang, General Linguistics: Language Id Consultants, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA


Message 1: General Linguistics: Language Id Consultants, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

Date: 01-Apr-2005
From: Shudong Huang <shudongldc.upenn.edu>
Subject: General Linguistics: Language Id Consultants, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA


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University or Organization: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Linguistic Data Consortium
Job Rank: Off-Site Part-Time Language Id Consultants
Specialty Areas:
General Linguistics;
Phonetics;
Phonology;
Typology;
Language Identification


Description:

The Linguistic Data Consortium (http://www.ldc.upenn.edu) at the University of
Pennsylvania (http://www.upenn.edu) has launched a new multi-lingual telephone
speech collection project, LVD ID - Language, Variety and Dialect
Identification, in support of speech technology development. We are looking for
linguists/language specialists as consultants to help us audit recorded calls.
Calls in the following languages/dialects/varieties will be collected this year:

Task 1
American English
British English
Indian English
Australian/New Zealand English
Standard Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua)
Shanghai Wu Dialect (Shanghai Hua)
Southern Min Dialect/Taiwanese (Min Nan Hua/Taiwan Hua)
Cantonese (Yue Yu/Guangdong Hua)

Target number of successful calls per variety/dialect: 275
Length of each call: 10~20 minutes
Estimated maximum auditing efforts per variety/dialect: 36 hours

Task2
Russian
Georgian
Hindi
Farsi
Tamil
Japanese
Vietnamese
Korean
Italian
Punjabi

Target number of successful calls per language: 100
Length of each call: 10~20 minutes
Estimated maximum auditing efforts per language: 13 hours

Task 3:
Caribbean and Non-Caribbean Spanish

Target number of successful calls: 1200
Length of each call: 12~20 minutes
Estimated maximum auditing efforts: 200 hours

As a consultant, your job is to listen to selected and merged segments of each
side of a recorded call - about 25% - and make judgments on sound quality,
gender and mostly importantly if the language spoken is the intended
language/dialect. Work will be done off-site - we will set up a web-based
interface for you where you can log in, listen to a sound file, and click a few
check boxes. We will send you an email when there is enough calls for you to
spend a couple of hours on. Compensation will be commensurate with the market rate.

Qualifications:

- Native fluency in the intended language/dialect.
- Advanced studies completed or in progress in linguistics or other
language-related fields.
- Eligible to work in the US.
- Available from April to September, 2005.
- Access to a computer with high speed internet connection.

If you are interested in working as a language consultant under LVDID for LDC,
please send us your resume along with a brief description of yourself and
desired compensation by email at shudongldc.upenn.edu. Please use
"LVDID-Consultant" in the subject line. We also welcome you to contact us if you
(preferably as a non-profit organization) are able to recruit subjects in
languages other than American English.

The following languages are being considered for Phase II of LVDID: Aceh,
Amharic, Bengali, Burmese, Chechen, Guarani, Khmer, Lao, Tagalog, Thai,
Tigrigna, Urdu and Uzbek. If you are specialized in one of them, please also
contact us.


Address for Applications:

Shudong Huang
3600 Market Street, Suite 810
LDC
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States of America

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Contact Information:

Shudong Huang
Email: shudongldc.upenn.edu
Phone: (215) 573-1273
Fax: (215) 573-2175
Website: http://www.ldc.upenn.edu

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