Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English Part IV

Item Name: Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English Part IV
Author(s): John W. Du Bois, Robert Englebretson
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2005S25
ISBN: 158563-348-8
ISLRN: 659-853-066-274-9
Release Date: September 20, 2005
Member Year(s): 2005
DCMI Type(s): Sound
Sample Type: 2-channel pcm
Sample Rate: 22050
Data Source(s): microphone speech
Project(s): Talkbank, GALE, EARS
Application(s): prosody, discourse analysis
Language(s): English
Language ID(s): eng
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC2005S25 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: John W. Du Bois, and Robert Englebretson. Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English Part IV LDC2005S25. DVD. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2005.

Introduction

Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English Part IV was produced by Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) catalog number LDC2005S25 and ISBN 158563-348-8.

Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English Part IV is based on hundreds of recordings of natural speech from all over the United States, representing a wide variety of people of different regional origins, ages, occupations, and ethnic and social backgrounds. It reflects many ways that people use language in their lives: conversation, gossip, arguments, on-the-job talk, card games, city council meetings, sales pitches, classroom lectures, political speeches, bedtime stories, sermons, weddings, and more.

The corpus was collected by: University of California, Santa Barbara Center for the Study of Discourse (Director: John W. Du Bois (UCSB), Authors: John W. Du Bois and Robert Englebretson. Associate Editors: Wallace L. Chafe (UCSB), Charles Meyer (UMass, Boston), and Sandra A. Thompson (UCSB)).

For software and additional data resources, please refer to the following sites: TalkBank, International Corpus of English.

Part I of the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English is available as LDC2000S85.

Part II of the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English is available as LDC2003S06.

Part III of the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English is available as LDC2003S10.

Data

The audio data consists of 14 wave format speech files, recorded in two-channel pcm, at 22050Hz. The speech files total 5.75 hours of audio (1.5 GB), representing over 58,000 words and over 6,000 unique words in the transcribed text.

Samples

For an example of this corpus, please examine this audio sample and its transcript.

Note

The cost of the first 100 copies of this publication (not counting the copies distributed to LDC members) is covered by NSF Grant Number BCS-998009, and therefore free of charge to qualified researchers; a $30 shipping and handling fee applies. After these first 100 copies are distributed, additional copies will be available for the production cost of $200 per DVD-ROM.

Acknowledgements

The completion and release of this corpus was facilitated by funding extended by the TalkBank Project. TalkBank is an interdisciplinary research project funded by a five-year grant (BCS-998009, KDI, SBE) from the National Science Foundation to Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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