GALE Phase 1 Chinese Broadcast Conversation Parallel Text - Part 1

Item Name: GALE Phase 1 Chinese Broadcast Conversation Parallel Text - Part 1
Author(s): Xiaoyi Ma, Stephanie Strassel
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2009T02
ISBN: 1-58563-499-9
ISLRN: 306-125-545-782-0
Release Date: January 16, 2009
Member Year(s): 2009
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): transcribed speech, broadcast conversation
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: LDC2009T02 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Ma, Xiaoyi, and Stephanie Strassel. GALE Phase 1 Chinese Broadcast Conversation Parallel Text - Part 1 LDC2009T02. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2009.

Introduction:

GALE Phase 1 Chinese Broadcast Conversation Parallel Text - Part 1, Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) catalog number LDC2009T02 and ISBN 1-58563-499-9, contains transcripts and English translations of 20.4 hours of Chinese broadcast conversation 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 Conversation Parallel Text - Part 1, along with other corpora, was used as training data in year 1 (Phase 1) of the DARPA-funded GALE program.

Source Data:

A total of 20.4 hours of Chinese broadcast conversation programming 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 eight different programs.

A manual selection procedure was used to choose data appropriate for the GALE program, namely conversation (talk) 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

CCTV

Across China

2005.08

1.0

9,924

Todays Focus

2005.11

2.2

33,805

Phoenix TV

Asian Journal

2005.09

2.2

26,656

Behind the Headlines

2005.03 - 2005.11

1.5

17,933

A Date With Lu Yu

2005.09 - 2005.10

7.1

89,987

News Hacker

2005.03 - 2005.10

2.3

39,388

Newsline

2005.10 - 2005.11

1.6

15,496

Social Watch

2005.09 - 2005.11

2.5

29,159

Transcription:

The selected audio snippets were carefully transcribed by LDC annotators and professional transcription agencies following LDCs Quick Rich Transcription specification. Manual sentence units/segments (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 LDCs 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 applied to completed translations.

TDF Format:

All final data are in Tab Delimited Format (TDF). TDF is compatible with other transcription formats, such as the Transcriber format and AG format, and it is easy to process.

Each line of a TDF file corresponds to a speech segment and contains 13 tab delimited fields:

Field

Data Type

file

unicode

channel

int

start

float

end

float

speaker

unicode

speakerType

unicode

speakerDialect

unicode

transcript

unicode

section

int

turn

int

segment

int

sectionType

unicode

suType

unicode

A source TDF file and its translation are the same except that the transcript in the source TDF is replaced by its English translation.

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 images of the source and translation.

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