Levantine Arabic QT Training Data Set 5, Speech

Item Name: Levantine Arabic QT Training Data Set 5, Speech
Author(s): Mohamed Maamouri (project head), Tim Buckwalter, David Graff, Hubert Jin
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2006S29
ISBN: 1-58563-377-1
ISLRN: 703-206-088-436-4
DOI: https://doi.org/10.35111/3bpn-2713
Release Date: February 15, 2006
Member Year(s): 2006
DCMI Type(s): Sound
Sample Type: 2-channel ulaw
Sample Rate: 8000
Data Source(s): telephone conversations
Project(s): EARS
Application(s): machine learning, machine translation, language teaching, language modeling
Language(s): North Levantine Arabic, South Levantine Arabic
Language ID(s): apc, ajp
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC2006S29 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Mohamed Maamouri (project head), et al. Levantine Arabic QT Training Data Set 5, Speech LDC2006S29. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2006.
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Levantine Arabic QT Training Data Set 5, Speech contains 1,660 calls totalling approximately 250 hours of telephone conversation in Levantine Arabic. These calls were collected between 2003 and 2005. Corresponding transcriptions may be found in LDC2006T07.


This corpus is the combination of four former training data sets: LDC2004E21 and LDC2004E22, LDC2004E65 and LDC2004E66, LDC2005S07 and LDC2005T03 and LDC2005S14 (Speech and Transcripts). More than half of the speakers are Lebanese, the others are Jordanian, Palestinian, and Syrian. The table below shows the distribution of the speakers' national origin:

  • 559 Jordanian
  • 1,853 Lebanese
  • 355 Palestinian
  • 67 Syrian
  • 484 Levantine speakers whose national origin could not be determined.


For an example of this corpus, please listen to this audio sample in sphere format.


Eight sphere files were found to have incorrect headers. As of October, 2017 these files have been fixed. All copies downloaded after this date will have the correct files.

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