GALE Phase 4 Chinese Broadcast Conversation Parallel Sentences

Item Name: GALE Phase 4 Chinese Broadcast Conversation Parallel Sentences
Author(s): Zhiyi Song, Gary Krug, Stephanie Strassel
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2015T14
ISBN: 1-58563-721-1
ISLRN: 382-448-237-694-9
Release Date: June 15, 2015
Member Year(s): 2015
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): broadcast conversation
Project(s): GALE
Application(s): machine translation
Language(s): Mandarin Chinese, English, Chinese
Language ID(s): cmn, eng, zho
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC2015T14 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Song, Zhiyi, Gary Krug, and Stephanie Strassel. GALE Phase 4 Chinese Broadcast Conversation Parallel Sentences LDC2015T14. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2015.

Introduction

GALE Phase 4 Chinese Broadcast Conversation Parallel Sentences was developed by the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC). Along with other corpora, the parallel text in this release comprised training data for Phase 4 of the DARPA GALE (Global Autonomous Language Exploitation) Program. This corpus contains Chinese source sentences and corresponding English translations selected from broadcast conversation data collected by LDC in 2008 and transcribed and translated by LDC or under its direction.

Data

GALE Phase 4 Chinese Broadcast Conversation Parallel Sentences includes 109 source-translation document pairs, comprising 63,829 tokens of Chinese source text and its English translation. Data is drawn from 17 distinct Chinese programs broadcast in 2008 from Beijing TV, a national television station in Mainland China; China Central TV, a national and international broadcaster in Mainland China; Hubei TV, a regional television station in Mainland China, Hubei Province; and Voice of America, a U.S. government-funded broadcast programmer. Broadcast conversation programming is more interactive than traditional news broadcasts and includes talk shows, interviews, call-in programs and roundtable discussions. The programs in this release focus on current events topics.

The data was transcribed by LDC staff and/or transcription vendors under contract to LDC in accordance with the Quick Rich Transcription guidelines developed by LDC. Transcribers indicated sentence boundaries in addition to transcribing the text. Sentences were selected for translation in two steps. First, files were chosen using sentence selection scripts provided by GALE program participants SRI International and IBM. The output was then manually reviewed by LDC staff to eliminate problematic sentences. Selected files were reformatted into a human-readable translation format and assigned to translation vendors. Translators followed LDC's Chinese to English translation guidelines and were provided with the full source documents containing the target sentences for their reference. Bilingual LDC staff performed quality control procedures on the completed translations.

Source data and translations are distributed in TDF format. TDF files are tab-delimited files containing one segment of text along with meta information about that segment. Each field in the TDF file is described in TDF_format.txt. All data are encoded in UTF-8.

Acknowledgement

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.

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