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  • Mexican Spanish Voice Coach/Linguist

    Job Locations MX-Remote
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/10/2019 2:28 AM)
    ID
    2019-4310
    Category
    Linguist
  • Overview

    Bilingual Mexican Spanish & US English Voice Coach

    Appen has an immediate opportunity for a native bilingual US English-Mexican Spanish linguist 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 clear communication of articulation requirements to a voice artist.

     

    Basic qualifications:

    • Native Mexican Spanish & US English bilingual speaker 
    • Degree in linguistics, preferably with specialization in phonology and phonetics
    • Keen awareness of Mexican Spanish, US Spanish, and US English regional pronunciation differences
    • Solid knowledge of Spanish phonetics/phonology
    • Competence in transcription using IPA and/or X-SAMPA
    • Comfortable working with computer
    • Able to join the project for full duration (timelines still to be defined)

    Preferred qualifications:

    • Experience working in recording studio and with speech recordings
    • Academic or professional experience with speech synthesis/text-to-speech system development
    • Conducting voice training is a plus

     

    Responsibilities of VC

    During recording sessions, support the voice talent in various ways, e.g.:

    • Help with pronunciation of difficult words
    • Correct the pronunciation of voice talent in case of mistakes
    • Ensuring the speaking rate, pitch and voice quality is consistent
    • Ensure consistency of reading ordinary and problematic words like foreign loans, proper names etc.
    • Provide vocal techniques for problematic (breathy/creaky) voice quality
    • Help talent read English prompts (following the given phonetic transcriptions)

     

     

     

    Duration:

    4-8 weeks (timelines TBD)

    Start Date:

    planned for 15 January

    Hours:

    weekdays, during standard business hours, 09:00-17:00; 4-6 hours/day

    Location:

    Mexico City, Mexico –presence required on site at least for first week of recordings*

    Contract:

    Independent Consultant

     

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

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