Gulf Arabic Conversational Telephone Speech

Item Name: Gulf Arabic Conversational Telephone Speech
Authors: Appen Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2006S43
ISBN: 1-58563-400-X
Release Date: Sep 19, 2006
Data Type: speech
Sample Rate: 8000 Hz
Sampling Format: alaw
Data Source(s): telephone conversations
Application(s): speaker identification, speech recognition, spoken dialogue modeling, spoken dialogue systems
Language(s): Gulf Arabic
Language ID(s): afb
Distribution: 1 DVD
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Citation: Appen Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia
Gulf Arabic Conversational Telephone Speech
Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia


This database contains 975 Gulf Arabic speakers taking part in spontaneous telephone conversations in Colloquial Gulf Arabic. A total of 976 conversation sides are provided (one speaker appears on two distinct calls). The average duration per side is about 5.7 minutes.

This corpus was collected and transcribed in 2004 by Appen Pty Ltd (Appen), Sydney, Australia.


The single-channel files represent just one side of a normal conversation. The "devtest" set represents a relatively balanced (representative) sample drawn from the total pool of collected calls, based on a test-set selection process applied by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and based on demographic, phone and audit information as provided by Appen.


For an example of the data contained in this corpus, please listen to this audio sample(wav).

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