GALE Phase 3 Arabic Broadcast Conversation Transcripts Part 2

Item Name: GALE Phase 3 Arabic Broadcast Conversation Transcripts Part 2
Author(s): Meghan Glenn, Haejoong Lee, Stephanie Strassel, Kazuaki Maeda
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2016T06
ISBN: 1-58563-744-0
ISLRN: 503-163-355-082-5
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Member Year(s): 2016
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): broadcast conversation
Project(s): GALE
Application(s): speech recognition
Language(s): Standard Arabic
Language ID(s): arb
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC2016T06 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Glenn, Meghan, et al. GALE Phase 3 Arabic Broadcast Conversation Transcripts Part 2 LDC2016T06. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2016.
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GALE Phase 3 Arabic Broadcast Conversation Transcripts Part 2 was developed by the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) and contains transcriptions of approximately 129 hours of Arabic broadcast conversation speech collected in 2007 and 2008 by LDC, MediaNet, Tunis, Tunisia and MTC, Rabat, Morocco during Phase 3 of the DARPA GALE (Global Autonomous Language Exploitation) program.

Corresponding audio data is released as GALE Phase 3 Arabic Broadcast Conversation Speech Part 2 (LDC2016S01).

The broadcast conversation recordings feature interviews, call-in programs and roundtable discussions focusing principally on current events from the following sources: Abu Dhabi TV, a television station based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Al Alam News Channel, based in Iran; Al Arabiya, a news television station based in Dubai; Al Baghdadya, an Iraqi broadcast programmer based in Egypt; Al Fayha, an Iraqi television channel; Al Hiwar, a regional broadcast station based in the United Kingdom; Alhurra, a U.S. government-funded regional broadcaster; Aljazeera, a regional broadcaster located in Doha, Qatar; Al Ordiniyah, a national broadcast station in Jordan; Bahrain TV, a television station in the Kingdom of Bahrain; Dubai TV, a broadcast station in the United Arab Emirates; Kuwait TV, a national broadcast station in Kuwait; Oman TV, a national broadcaster located in the Sultanate of Oman; Qatar TV, a broadcast programmer in Qatar; Saudi TV, a national television station based in Saudi Arabia; Syria TV, the national television station in Syria; and Tunisian National TV, a national television station in Tunisia.


The transcript files are in plain-text, tab-delimited format (TDF) with UTF-8 encoding, and the transcribed data totals 845,791 tokens. The transcripts were created with the LDC tool, XTrans, which supports manual transcription and annotation of audio recordings. XTrans is available from the following link,

The files in this corpus were transcribed by LDC staff and/or by transcription vendors under contract to LDC. Transcribers followed LDC's quick transcription guidelines (QTR) and quick rich transcription specification (QRTR) both of which are included in the documentation with this release. QTR transcription consists of quick (near-) verbatim, time-aligned transcripts plus speaker identification with minimal additional mark-up. It does not include sentence unit annotation. QRTR annotation adds structural information such as topic boundaries and manual sentence unit annotation to the core components of a quick transcript. Files with QTR as part of the filename were developed using QTR transcription. Files with QRTR in the filename indicate QRTR transcription.


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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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