GALE Phase 1 Chinese Broadcast News Parallel Text - Part 2

Item Name: GALE Phase 1 Chinese Broadcast News Parallel Text - Part 2
Author(s): Xiaoyi Ma, Stephanie Strassel
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2008T08
ISBN: 1-58563-475-1
ISLRN: 374-785-718-527-4
Release Date: July 16, 2008
Member Year(s): 2008
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): transcribed speech, broadcast news
Project(s): GALE
Application(s): machine translation
Language(s): English, Mandarin Chinese
Language ID(s): eng, cmn
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC2008T08 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Ma, Xiaoyi, and Stephanie Strassel. GALE Phase 1 Chinese Broadcast News Parallel Text - Part 2 LDC2008T08. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2008.

Introduction

GALE Phase 1 Chinese Broadcast News Parallel Text - Part 2 contains transcripts and English translations of 21.9 hours of Chinese broadcast news programming from China Central TV (CCTV) and Phoenix TV. It does not contain the audio files from which the transcripts and translations were generated. GALE Phase 1 Chinese Broadcast News Parallel Text - Part 2 is the second of the three-part GALE Phase 1 Chinese Broadcast News Parallel Text, which, along with other corpora, was used as training data in year 1 (Phase 1) of the DARPA-funded GALE program. GALE Phase 1 Chinese Broadcast News Parallel Text - Part 1 was published in 2007.

Source Data

A total of 21.9 hours of Chinese broadcast news recordings were selected from two sources, CCTV (a broadcaster from Mainland China) and Phoenix TV (a Hong Kong based satellite TV station). The transcripts and translations represent recordings of four different programs.

A manual selection procedure was used to choose data appropriate for the GALE program, namely, news programs focusing on current events. Stories on topics such as sports, entertainment and business were excluded from the data set. The following table is a summary of the files included in this release.

Source Program Epoch (YYYY.MM) #hours #characters
CCTV4 CCTV4 Daily News 2004.11 - 2005.11 10.2 150,947
CCTV4 CCTV4 News3 2005.04 - 2005.10 2.9 41,356
Phoenix TV Global Report 2005.05 - 2005.10 5.7 73,717
Phoenix TV Good Morning China 2005.10 - 2005.11 3.1 46,491

Transcription

The selected audio snippets were carefully transcribed by LDC annotators and professional transcription agencies following LDC's Quick Rich Transcription specification. Manual sentence unit/segment (SU) annotation was also performed as part of the transcription task. Three types of end of sentence SU are identified:

- statement SU - question SU - incomplete SU

Translation

After transcription and SU annotation, files were reformatted into a human-readable translation format and assigned to professional translators for careful translation. Translators followed LDC's GALE Translation guidelines, which describe the makeup of the translation team, the source data format, the translation data format, best practices for translating certain linguistic features (such as names and speech disfluencies) and quality control procedures for completed translations.

Sponsorship

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.

Samples

For an example of the data in this corpus, please examine these sample images of a source and translation.

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