CALLFRIEND Spanish-Non-Caribbean Dialect

Item Name: CALLFRIEND Spanish-Non-Caribbean Dialect
Author(s): Alexandra Canavan, George Zipperlen
LDC Catalog No.: LDC96S58
ISBN: 1-58563-073-X
ISLRN: 493-342-336-930-3
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
Application(s): language identification
Language(s): Spanish
Language ID(s): spa
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC96S58 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Canavan, Alexandra, and George Zipperlen. CALLFRIEND Spanish-Non-Caribbean Dialect LDC96S58. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 1996.
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The CALLFRIEND project supports the development of language identification technology.


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 Spanish from non-Caribbean countries. All calls are domestic and were placed inside the continental United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, or the Dominican Republic.

Conversations were labeled as either "Caribbean" or "non-Caribbean" based on particular attributes in the speech of the participants. Callers in the "Caribbean" and "non-Caribbean" collections of CALLFRIEND Spanish were identified primarily on the basis of consonant quality patterns, specifically, word-final "s."


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