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David Magier magier at COLUMBIA.EDU
Tue Aug 22 13:17:31 UTC 2000

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David Magier

POSITION: Urdu Language Specialist (Lernout & Hauspie)

Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products (L&H) is a global leader in advanced
speech and language solutions for computers, cars, telecommunications,
embedded products, consumer goods and the internet. The company makes
the speech user interface (SUI), the keystone of simple, convenient
interaction between humans and technology, and uses advanced
translation technology to break down cultural barriers. The L&H team
counts more than 5000 people worldwide.  The headquarters are located
in Ieper, Belgium.

For the development of Urdu language and speech technology, Lernout &
Hauspie is currently looking for:

Urdu Language Specialists
for the Corporate R&D Division located in Ieper (Belgium)


You will work within a multi-disciplinary team of linguists, engineers
and programmers on the development of software systems in the field of
Speech, Artificial Intelligence and Language.

In the startup phase, your tasks will typically include: basic
phonetic and language study in view of technology development and
assessment of third party providers of data and/or technology.

You will be involved in all aspects of the development life cycle and
focus on system specification and design, implementation of linguistic
rule sets, creation of acoustic and lexical databases, grapheme to
phoneme conversion, prosodic analysis, software testing and quality
control, preparation of documentation.

Training is given both on-the-job and through lectures and technical
documentation. Dedicated development environments are provided which
allow language specialists to focus on their content: formalizing
linguistic knowledge.

You will report to the group or project manager.


university degree in philology or linguistics, or equivalent;

(near) native Urdu speaker with a conversational level of English;

solid grounding in linguistic theory;

good knowledge of and/or experience in one or more of the following
areas: speech processing, natural language processing (NLP),
computational linguistics, programming, other languages;

ability to work in a team and independently;

If you are interested in this job opportunity and you believe to
fulfil the required profile, we have to meet each other. Please send
your detailed resume to:

Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products
Personnel Department
Attn. Pierre Eggermont
Flanders Language Valley, 50
B-8900 Ieper

To learn more about Lernout & Hauspie and its products, visit our
homepage ( You may also want to send an e-mail to
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to obtain a list of all current job openings at L&H.

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