GALE Phase 2 Chinese Broadcast News Transcripts was developed by the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC)
and contains transcriptions of approximately 110 hours of Chinese
broadcast news speech collected in 2006 and 2007 by LDC and Hong University
of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong, during Phase 2 of the DARPA GALE
(Global Autonomous Language Exploitation) Program.
Corresponding audio data is released as GALE
Phase 2 Chinese Broadcast News Speech
The source broadcast recordings feature news broadcasts focusing principally
on current events from the following sources: Anhui TV, a regional television
station in Mainland China, Anhui Province, China Central TV (CCTV), a national
and international broadcaster in Mainland China and Phoenix TV, a Hong Kong-based
satellite television station.
The transcript files are in plain-text, tab-delimited format (TDF) with UTF-8
encoding, and the transcribed data totals 1,593,049 tokens. The transcripts were
created with the LDC-developed transcription tool, XTrans, a multi-platform,
multilingual, multi-channel transcription tool that supports manual transcription
and annotation of audio recordings. XTrans is available from the following link,
The files in this corpus were transcribed by LDC staff and/or by transcription
vendors under contract to LDC. Transcribers followed the LDC quick transcription
guidelines (QTR) and quick rich transcription specification (QRTR) both of which
are included in the documentation with this release. QTR transcription consists
of quick (near-)verbatim, time-aligned transcripts plus speaker identification
with minimal additional mark-up. It does not include sentence unit annotation.
QRTR annotation adds structural information such as topic boundaries and manual
sentence unit annotation to the core components of a quick transcript. Files
with QTR as part of the filename were developed using QTR transcription. Files
with QRTR in the filename indicate QRTR transcription.
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This work was supported in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,
GALE Program Grant No. HR0011-06-1-0003. The content of this publication does
not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the Government, and no
official endorsement should be inferred.
Portions © 2007 Anhui TV, © 2006-2007 China Central TV, © 2006-2007
Phoenix TV, © 2006-2007, 2013 Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania