LINGUIST List 9.1308

Sun Sep 20 1998


Editor for this issue: Martin Jacobsen <>


  1. Christy Cook, NLP
  2. Sue Gass, Position in TESOL/SLA

Message 1: NLP

Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 17:27:28 -0700
From: Christy Cook <>
Subject: NLP

Nuance Communications is a privately held company based in Menlo Park,
CA developing advanced technology for speech recognition, natural
language understanding and speaker verification software which
automates access to information and services over-the-phone. Nuance's
products enable a user to speak to a computer over the telephone in
everyday, conversational language. Nuance delivers products and
services to customers in the financial services, banking, travel and
telecommunications industries. Our speech recognition and speaker
verification software products are the first to allow customers to
engage in true conversational transactions, a major advance in
telephone-based information services.

Nuance is currently seeking a Speech Data Collection Manager to be a
part of the global expansion of Nuance.

In this position, you will be the central person responsible for
collecting speech data in foreign countries from start to finish.
This position is key in creating a speech recognition system for a new


Tasks include negotiating contracts with foreign firms, hiring
language consultants, compiling reading scripts, setting up telephony
system for receiving incoming calls, and monitoring progress.

Required Skills: 

Proficient in UNIX, some programming ability, management and
negotiation skills, knowledge of several languages

Education requirements:

BS in Computer Science, Engineering, or Linguistics

And 2 years industry experience

Interested individuals can send resumes to:

Christy Cook
Hiring Coordinator
Nuance Communications

Please reference job number: ling-sdcm-8917

ph. 650.847.7709
fx. 650.847.7979
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Message 2: Position in TESOL/SLA

Date: Sat, 19 Sep 1998 10:20:14 -0400
From: Sue Gass <>
Subject: Position in TESOL/SLA

The Department of English at Michigan State University seeks to fill a
tenure-track position at the level of beginning Assistant Professor to
support the graduate program in TESOL. Duties include undergraduate
and graduate courses in TESOL and SLA; in addition, all faculty are
encouraged to participate in the College of Arts and Letters general
education program housed in the Center for Integrative Studies. The
individual must have research expertise in one or preferably more of
the following: a) CALL, b) assessment, c) interlanguage pragmatics, d)
second language reading, e) classroom-oriented research. Ph.D. in
SLA, TESOL, English or closely-related area required by August 15,

 Interested persons should send a letter of application, CV, list of
courses the candidate is prepared to teach, sample published or
written work, and three letters of recommendation to: Susan Gass,
English Language Center, A-714 Wells Hall, Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027. The deadline for the receipt of all
application materials is December 4, 1998. Information about the
English Department at Michigan State University can be obtained at the
departmental website: More
specific information about the M.A. TESOL program can be found at: Michigan State University is an
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. People with
disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable
accommodation. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to

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