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Title Generating a Yiddish Speech Corpus, Forced Aligner and Basic ASR System for the AHEYM Project
Authors Malgorzata Cavar, Damir Cavar, Dov-Ber Kerler and Anya Quilitzsch
Abstract To create automatic transcription and annotation tools for the AHEYM corpus of recorded interviews with Yiddish speakers in Eastern Europe we develop initial Yiddish language resources that are used for adaptations of speech and language technologies. Our project aims at the development of resources and technologies that can make the entire AHEYM corpus and other Yiddish resources more accessible to not only the community of Yiddish speakers or linguists with language expertise, but also historians and experts from other disciplines or the general public. In this paper we describe the rationale behind our approach, the procedures and methods, and challenges that are not specific to the AHEYM corpus, but apply to all documentary language data that is collected in the field. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first attempt to create a speech corpus and speech technologies for Yiddish. This is also the first attempt to work out speech and language technologies to transcribe and translate a large collection of Yiddish spoken language resources.
Topics Corpus (Creation, Annotation, etc.), Speech Resource/Database, Endangered Languages
Full paper Generating a Yiddish Speech Corpus, Forced Aligner and Basic ASR System for the AHEYM Project
Bibtex @InProceedings{CAVAR16.1118,
  author = {Malgorzata Cavar and Damir Cavar and Dov-Ber Kerler and Anya Quilitzsch},
  title = {Generating a Yiddish Speech Corpus, Forced Aligner and Basic ASR System for the AHEYM Project},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016)},
  year = {2016},
  month = {may},
  date = {23-28},
  location = {Portoro┼ż, Slovenia},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Marko Grobelnik and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Helene Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  address = {Paris, France},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-9-1},
  language = {english}
 }
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