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  • Mexican Spanish Voice Coach

    Job Locations PL-Gdansk
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/15/2018 7:43 PM)
    ID
    2018-4088
    Category
    Recording Supervisor
  • Overview

    Appen has an immediate opportunity for a native/bilingual US English-Mexican Spanish speaker with strong skills in phonology & phonetics to serve as a voice coach for text-to-speech system development. For this position, phonetic & phonemic transcription in X-SAMPA and/or IPA is an important skill. Another key component is to clearly communicate articulation requirements to a voice artist.

     

    Mexican Spanish Voice Coach

     

    Duration:

    2nd half of Nov, 1st half of Dec, January – February (approx. 350 hrs of recordings planned in total)

    Start Date:

    Start date is planned on 11/19 in Gdansk, Poland (may move by 1 week to 11/26)

    Hours:

    weekdays, during standard business hours, 09:00-17:00

    Location:

    Gdańsk, Poland (first 3-4 weeks) – on-site presence required*

     

    Further recordings will most likely happen in US and remote work may be possible

    Contract:

    Independent Consultant

     

    Travel and accommodations to the recording facility will be covered, if the selected voice coach is not local.

     

    The role is to provide phonetically-motivated feedback to voice talent artists who are recording text-to-speech voices based on written voice prompts. Tasks include evaluating the phonetic quality of the voice recordings and providing feedback to the voice talent to improve quality.

     

    The voice coach will need to

    • explain phonological processes as well as concepts from articulatory and acoustic phonetics,
    • understand allophonic variation,
    • justify phonetic transcription choices,
    • understand the physical process of speech production and know how to alter speech quality or change phonation
    • have a keen awareness of Mexican & US English regional pronunciation differences
    • be a native/bilingual US English / Spanish speaker with linguistic expertise in both US English & Mexican Spanish

     

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