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FYI: Exercises, Lg Resources, Workshop

Author: Marmo Soemarmo

FYI Body: I put a sample of my exercises on the web. Check them out at:

In case you haven't checked out my Language Games, it's at:


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The new release of ELRA catalogue (vol2N1) has grown up and currently
consists of:

1) Spoken resources: 37 databases in several languages (recordings from
microphone, telephone, continuous speech, isolated words, phonetic
distionaries, etc.).

2) Written resources:
* 14 monolingual and multilingual corpora
* 28 monolingual lexica
* Around 60 multilingual lexica
* A linguistic software platform and grammars development platform

3) Terminological resources: over 360 databases with a wide range of domains
and several languages (Catalan, Danish, English, French, German, Italian,
Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish).

Since our last news on this electronic list, new resources have been
negotiated by ELRA and are now available. These are:


ELRA-S0035 Phonolex (BAS/DFKI):

PHONOLEX consists of a simple list of word forms (666,237 inflected words)
with a set of features e.g. orthography (German 'Umlauts' in LaTeX format,
capital nouns, old German spelling rules), linguistic information (nouns,
verbs, etc.), pronunciation and a list of empirical pronunciations.

Language: German
Format: ASCII
Mark-up: extended SAM-PA (PhonDat-Verbmobil)

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ELRA-S0036 Speri-Data AG Basic dictionaries (colloquial

These dictionaries contain a daily-life vocabulary. They include phonetic
transcriptions with related phoneme lists. The following languages are

Language Entries
Danish 8,000
Dutch 12,000
English (UK) 8,000
Finnish 10,000
French 19,000
German 13,000
Italian 23,000
Norwegian 8,000
Portuguese 9,000
Spanish 13,000
Swedish 10,000

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ELRA-S0037 Speri-Data AG Technical dictionaries:

All dictionaries contain phonetic transcriptions, with related phoneme
lists. The following dictionaries are available (the label basic dictionary
refers to the above ELRA-S0036):

Domain Entries
Banking French 10,200
Banking German 10,200
Banking Italian 10,200
Banking Spanish 10,200
Radiology German 42,000 (including basic dictionary)
Radiology English 16,000
Medical German 130,000 (including basic dictionary)
Jurisprudence German 31,000
Jurisprudence German 55,000 (including basic dictionary)
Insurance German & English 37,000

A peculiarity of medical dictionaries in German speaking countries has to be
taken into consideration: doctors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland may
not use the original technical terms in Latin but the Latin word in a
spelled manner or a German technical term (see examples below). Medical
dictionaries therefore have to contain three different terms.

Technical term Technical term Technical term
in Latin in German spelling in German

Appendicitis Appendizitis BlinddarmentzFCndung
Eccema Eczema Ekzem
Diarrhoe DiarrhF6 or DiarrhF6e Durchfall, Durchfluss
Carbunculus Karbunkel GeschwFCr

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ELRA-S0038 Siemens VoiceMail (American English)

VoiceMail consists of 17,5 hours of read acoustic speech divided into 9,5
hours of transliterated speech and 8 hours of non-transliterated speech
recorded over the digital telephone network (ISDN) with 921 speakers
originated from the USA. It contains orthographic transliteration for abou
25,000 utterrances (of 34,912 utterances in total).

Language: American English
Standard in use: headerless, one separate transliteration file comprising
all utterances of all speakers
Sampling rate: 8 kHz
Speakers: 377 males and 544 females
Size: 17,5 hours
Medium: 2 CD-ROM


ELRA-L0021 Dictionary of French verbs - CORA:

This dictionary contains 25,610 verbs with usage domains, level of language
(familiar, popular, literary, Quebec and Swiss terms, etc.), conjugation,
auxiliary, verbal adjectives in -able, -ant or -E9, encoded syntactical
constructions (subject, direct & indirect object, adverb), sample phrases,
synonyms, operators enabling semantic-syntactic classification, encoding of
derived forms in -age, -ment, -tion, -oir, -ure, deverbal nouns, base words
from which verbs can be derived, a scale of usage ranging from 1 to 6, like
those used by commercial dictionaries (basic vocabulary, extended,
specialised, etc.).
Codes enable automatic production of conjugation forms, derived nouns and
adjectives and, if necessary, the production of potential forms.

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ELRA-L0022 Dictionary of words - CORA:

This dictionary is composed of 126,844 words, with usage domains,
grammatical category, gender, number, uncountable, collective, adjectival,
nominal, verbal, adverbial derived forms according to the type of words.

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ELRA-L0023 Dictionary of affixes - CORA:

4,286 suffixes and prefixes, plus information on their verbal, nominal or
adjectival bases or on the verbal basis of greco-latin items. This
dictionary does not include the suffixes contained in the dictionary of
French verbs (ELRA-L0021) and words (ELRA-L0022) such as -age, -ment, -if,

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ELRA-L0024 Dictionary of verb phrases - CORA:

Dictionary of 3,480 entries based on the model of the dictionary of French
verbs (ELRA-L0021).

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ELRA-L0025 Dictionary of invariable forms and phrases - CORA:

Dictionary of 4,783 entries based on the model of the dictionary of words

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ELRA-L0026 Dictionary of exclamatory stereotyped phrases - CORA:

Dictionary of 1,901 entries based on the model of the dictionary of
invariable forms and phrases (ELRA-L0025).

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ELRA-L0027 Dictionary of French local authorities - CORA:

38,965 entries in lower cases with accents, controlled on the guide
Michelin, without localities; A link can be made to the dictionary of words
(ELRA-L0022) which contains inhabitants' names and their correspondence with
town names.

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ELRA-L0028 Dictionary of noun phrases and plural-only words -

2,138 compound names and 1,397 entries of plural-only words.

For further information, please contact :

87, Avenue d'Italie
FR-75013 PARIS
Tel : +33 01 45 86 53 00
Fax : +33 01 45 86 44 88
E-mail :

Tel. +33 1 45 86 53 00
Fax. +33 1 45 86 44 88
87, Avenue D'ITALIE, 75013 PARIS

Below is some information on the workshop
'modeling pronunciation variation for automatic speech recognition'
that will be organized from 4-6 May 1998 in The Netherlands.
More information about the workshop is available a


advance notice
ESCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on


4-6 May 1998

at Rolduc, a former monestary in the city of Kerkrade
in the south of The Netherlands

Organized by

European Speech Communication Association

COST Telecom Action 249
Continuous Speech Recognition over the Telephone

'Automatic Acoustic Recognition Technologies'
Dept. of Language & Speech
Nijmegen University


Automatic Speech Recognizers (ASR's) have improved substantially
during the last decade. It has now become possible to use ASR's for
many practical applications. However, when ASR's are used (and
tested) under realistic conditions, the problem of pronunciation
variation almost always emerges. This problem has been recognized
by several research groups, and more and more effort is spen
nowadays on solving this problem (see e.g. the steadily growing
number of publications on this topic, especially in conference

During this workshop we want to discuss this problem in depth and
the different ways in which it could be solved. Although part of
pronunciation variation is certainly language-dependent (i.e. the
phonological and phonetic processes differ between languages), a
large part of the variation is language independent. Furthermore,
the techniques that can be used to solve this problem, i.e. to
model pronunciation variation for ASR, are usually


Up-to-date information about the workshop is available a


Elizabeth Shriberg
Herve Bourlard
Li Deng
Lori Lamel
Mari Ostendorf
Patti Price
Roger Moore
Rolf Carlson
Sadaoki Furui
Steve Young


Helmer Strik
Dept. of Language and Speech
P.O. Box 9103
6500 HD Nijmegen
The Netherlands 31-24-3616104
Fax nr.: 31-24-3615939
E-mail :

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