BBN/AUB DARPA Babylon Levantine Arabic Speech and Transcripts

Item Name: BBN/AUB DARPA Babylon Levantine Arabic Speech and Transcripts
Author(s): BBN Technologies (with American University of Beirut a subcontractor), John Makhoul, Bushra Zawaydeh, Frederick Choi, David Stallard
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2005S08
ISBN: 1-58563-296-1
ISLRN: 500-300-564-790-5
Release Date: January 15, 2005
Member Year(s): 2005
DCMI Type(s): Sound
Sample Type: pcm
Sample Rate: 16000
Data Source(s): microphone speech
Project(s): GALE, EARS, DARPA-CSR
Application(s): machine translation, speech recognition, spoken dialogue systems
Language(s): North Levantine Arabic, South Levantine Arabic
Language ID(s): apc, ajp
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC2005S08 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: BBN Technologies (with American University of Beirut a subcontractor), et al. BBN/AUB DARPA Babylon Levantine Arabic Speech and Transcripts LDC2005S08. DVD. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2005.

Introduction

BBN/AUB DARPA Babylon Levantine Arabic Speech and Transcripts consists of transcribed, spontaneous speech recorded from subjects speaking Levantine colloquial Arabic. Levantine Arabic is the dialect of Arabic spoken in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Palestine. It is significantly different from Modern Standard Arabic. It is a spoken rather than a written language, and  includes different words and pronounciations from Modern Standard Arabic.

The corpus was developed with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), as part of the Babylon program. The Babylon program was intended to advance the state of the art in speech-to-speech translation systems by creating new technology and by developing systems for field use. BBN was funded under Babylon to develop a limited English/Arabic refugee/medical speech translation system for a handheld computer, and it collected this corpus as part of its work. The corpus may be useful for speech recognition in Levantine colloquial Arabic, including for speech translation and spoken dialog systems.

Samples

To see an example of this corpus, we have provided a audio sample and transcription.

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