Arabic-Dialect/English Parallel Text

Item Name: Arabic-Dialect/English Parallel Text
Author(s): Raytheon BBN Technologies, Linguistic Data Consortium, Sakhr Software
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2012T09
ISBN: 1-58563-617-7
ISLRN: 833-244-299-656-3
Release Date: June 15, 2012
Member Year(s): 2012
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): web collection, weblogs
Project(s): GALE
Application(s): machine translation
Language(s): English, Egyptian Arabic, North Levantine Arabic, South Levantine Arabic
Language ID(s): eng, arz, apc, ajp
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC2012T09 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Raytheon BBN Technologies, Linguistic Data Consortium, and Sakhr Software. Arabic-Dialect/English Parallel Text LDC2012T09. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2012.
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Arabic-Dialect/English Parallel Text was developed by Raytheon BBN Technologies (BBN), LDC and Sakhr Software and contains approximately 3.5 million tokens of Arabic dialect sentences and their English translations.


The data in this corpus consists of Arabic web text as follows:

1. Filtered automatically from large Arabic text corpora harvested from the web by LDC. The LDC corpora consisted largely of weblog and online user groups and amounted to around 350 million Arabic words. Documents that contained a large percentage of non-Arabic or Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) words were eliminated. A list of dialect words was manually selected by culling through the Levantine Fisher (LDC2005S07, LDC2005T03, LDC2007S02 and LDC2007T04) and Egyptian CALLHOME speech corpora (LDC97S45, LDC2002S37, LDC97T19 and LDC2002T38) distributed by LDC. That list was then used to retain documents that contained a certain number of matches. The resulting subset of the web corpora contained around four million words. Documents were automatically segmented into passages using formatting information from the raw data.

2. Manually harvested by Sakhr Software from Arabic dialect web sites.

Dialect classification and sentence segmentation, as needed, and translation into English were performed by BBN through Amazons Mechanical Turk. Arabic annotators from Mechanical Turk classified filtered passages as being either MSA or one of four regional dialects: Egyptian, Levantine, Gulf/Iraqi or Maghrebi. An additional General dialect option was allowed for ambiguous passages. The classification was applied to whole passages rather than individual sentences. Only the passages labeled Levantine and Egyptian were further processed. The segmented Levantine and Egyptian sentences were then translated. Annotators were instructed to translate completely and accurately and to transliterate Arabic names. They were also provided with examples. All segments of a passage were presented in the same translation task to provide context.


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