Appen Butler Hill develops high quality speech and language technology solutions namely used in car navigation systems, mobile phones, word processing packages, directory assistance, speaker verification tools and hand-held machine translation devices. Our staff comprises linguists, IT professionals and Project Managers who collaborate to produce quality work in over 100 different languages for many of the world’s leading companies.
The work will involve assisting in creating the Lexicon component of a Speech Database (SDB) in Zulu, as spoken in South Africa. A Lexicon is an electronic pronunciation dictionary (in text format) consisting of phonetic representations of all words transcribed from audio files in a SDB. The lexicons also include syllable boundaries and stress or tone mark-up. They also usually include variant pronunciations, dialectal or regional variation and can include additional labeling indicating ‘foreign word’, ‘Proper Name’, ‘acronym’, ‘homonym’, etc. The work will also involve creating documents to describe the language for the purpose of language technology development and assisting with resolution of any spelling standardization or dialectal variation issues in the language. The majority of the linguist’s time will be spent checking and correcting transcriptions of words in phonetic script. Training in ABH processes will be provided.
• Location: Remote, Global
• Hours: Part time, preferably 20 hours per week
• Length: until mid-July 2013
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Previous experience in linguistics required.
• Must have a background in linguistics and a familiarity with the language
• Native, or near native speaker.
• Should be a linguist or have completed part of their linguistics training.
• Specific linguistic background should be geared towards phonetics and phonology, and as such should be familiar with the IPA and possibly other phonetic scripts like X-SAMPA.
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