LATINO-40 Spanish Read News

Item Name: LATINO-40 Spanish Read News
Authors: Jared Bernstein, Bill Grundy, Elizabeth Rosenfeld, Amir Najmi and Psi Mankoski
LDC Catalog No.: LDC95S28
ISBN: 1-58563-051-9
Data Type: speech
Sample Rate: 16000 Hz
Sampling Format: 1-channel pcm
Data Source(s): microphone speech
Application(s): speech recognition
Language(s): Spanish
Distribution: 1 CD
Member fee: $0 for 1995 members
Non-member Fee: US $1000.00
Reduced-License Fee: US $500.00
Extra-Copy Fee: US $150.00
Non-member License: yes
Member License: yes
Readme File: yes
Online documentation: yes
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Jared Bernstein, et al.
LATINO-40 Spanish Read News
Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia

This database provides a set of recordings for training speaker-independent systems that recognize Latin-American Spanish. It was recorded by the Entropic Research Laboratory in the period from July 11 through September 9 1994 in Palo Alto, California. The database comprises about 5,000 utterances files. These files include about 125 utterances from each of 40 different speakers, 20 male and 20 female.

The recordings were all made with a high-quality, head-mounted microphone (Shure SM10A) in an office environment, and the utterances were digitized in 16-bit samples at 16 kHz.

The Linguistic Data Consortium provided 13,000 sentences that had been selected from Latin American newspaper text by people working at Texas Instruments. The sentences are all shorter than 80 characters and are not grouped into larger constituents such as paragraphs or stories. The speech files have NIST SPHERE headers and are presented in compressed format, using the shorten speech compression algorithm developed by Tony Robinson at Cambridge Univesity, as implemented in the NIST SPHERE software package. This software is included on the CD-ROM with the data.

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