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Title Spontal-N: A Corpus of Interactional Spoken Norwegian
Authors Rein Ove Sikveland, Anton Öttl, Ingunn Amdal, Mirjam Ernestus, Torbjørn Svendsen and Jens Edlund
Abstract Spontal-N is a corpus of spontaneous, interactional Norwegian. To our knowledge, it is the first corpus of Norwegian in which the majority of speakers have spent significant parts of their lives in Sweden, and in which the recorded speech displays varying degrees of interference from Swedish. The corpus consists of studio quality audio- and video-recordings of four 30-minute free conversations between acquaintances, and a manual orthographic transcription of the entire material. On basis of the orthographic transcriptions, we automatically annotated approximately 50 percent of the material on the phoneme level, by means of a forced alignment between the acoustic signal and pronunciations listed in a dictionary. Approximately seven percent of the automatic transcription was manually corrected. Taking the manual correction as a gold standard, we evaluated several sources of pronunciation variants for the automatic transcription. Spontal-N is intended as a general purpose speech resource that is also suitable for investigating phonetic detail.
Topics Corpus (creation, annotation, etc.), Dialogue, Discourse annotation, representation and processing
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Bibtex @InProceedings{SIKVELAND10.314,
  author = {Rein Ove Sikveland and Anton Öttl and Ingunn Amdal and Mirjam Ernestus and Torbjørn Svendsen and Jens Edlund},
  title = {Spontal-N: A Corpus of Interactional Spoken Norwegian},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'10)},
  year = {2010},
  month = {may},
  date = {19-21},
  address = {Valletta, Malta},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis and Mike Rosner and Daniel Tapias},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  isbn = {2-9517408-6-7},
  language = {english}
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