GALE Phase 4 Arabic Broadcast Conversation Transcripts

Item Name: GALE Phase 4 Arabic Broadcast Conversation Transcripts
Author(s): Meghan Glenn, Haejoong Lee, Stephanie Strassel, Kazuaki Maeda
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2017T12
ISBN: 1-58563-809-9
ISLRN: 880-139-952-587-2
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Member Year(s): 2017
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): broadcast conversation
Project(s): GALE
Application(s): speech recognition
Language(s): Arabic, Standard Arabic
Language ID(s): ara, arb
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC2017T12 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Glenn, Meghan, et al. GALE Phase 4 Arabic Broadcast Conversation Transcripts LDC2017T12. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2017.

Introduction

GALE Phase 4 Arabic Broadcast Conversation Transcripts was developed by the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) and contains transcriptions of approximately 75 hours of Arabic broadcast conversation speech collected in 2008 and 2009 by LDC, MediaNet, Tunis, Tunisia and MTC, Rabat, Morocco during Phase 4 of the DARPA GALE (Global Autonomous Language Exploitation) program.

Corresponding audio data is released as GALE Phase 4 Arabic Broadcast Conversation Speech (LDC2017S15).

The broadcast conversation recordings feature interviews, call-in programs and roundtable discussions focusing principally on current events from the following sources: Al Alam News Channel, based in Iran; Al Fayhaa, an Iraqi television channel; Al Hiwar, a regional broadcast station based in the United Kingdom; Alnurra, a U.S. government-funded regional broadcaster; Aljazeera, a regional broadcaster located in Doha, Qatar; Al Ordiniyah, a national broadcast station in Jordan; Dubai TV, a broadcast station in the United Arab Emirates; Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, a Lebanese television station; 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.

Data

The transcript files are in plain-text, tab-delimited format (TDF) with UTF-8 encoding, and the transcribed data totals 475,211 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, https://www.ldc.upenn.edu/language-resources/tools/xtrans.

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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Updates

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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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