CALLFRIEND Egyptian Arabic

Item Name: CALLFRIEND Egyptian Arabic
Author(s): Alexandra Canavan, George Zipperlen
LDC Catalog No.: LDC96S49
ISBN: 1-58563-064-0
ISLRN: 635-815-047-587-5
Member Year(s): 1996, 1997
DCMI Type(s): Sound
Sample Type: 2-channel ulaw
Sample Rate: 8000
Data Source(s): telephone conversations
Project(s): LID, GALE, EARS
Application(s): language identification
Language(s): Egyptian Arabic
Language ID(s): arz
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC96S49 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Canavan, Alexandra, and George Zipperlen. CALLFRIEND Egyptian Arabic LDC96S49. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 1996.
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CALLFRIEND Egyptian Arabic was developed by the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) and consists of approximately 25 hours of unscripted telephone conversations between native speakers of Egyptian Arabic.

The CALLFRIEND series is a collection of telephone conversations in several languages conducted by LDC in support of language identification technology development. Languages covered in the collection include American English, Canadian French, Egyptian Arabic, Farsi, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Tamil and Vietnamese.

An updated edition of this corpus is available as CALLFRIEND Egyptian Arabic Second Edition (LDC2019S04). The second edition updates the audio files to wav format, simplifies the directory structure and adds documentation and metadata.


The corpus consists of 60 unscripted telephone conversations, lasting between 5-30 minutes. The corpus also includes documentation describing speaker information (sex, age, education, callee telephone number) and call information (channel quality, number of speakers).

For each conversation, both the caller and callee are native speakers of the Egyptian dialect of Arabic. All calls were placed inside the continental United States and Canada.


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