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LINGUIST List 17.2363

Mon Aug 21 2006

FYI: Speaking Style and Identity: New Corpus

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        1.    Fred Cummins, Speaking Style and Identity: New Corpus

Message 1: Speaking Style and Identity: New Corpus
Date: 21-Aug-2006
From: Fred Cummins <fred.cumminsucd.ie>
Subject: Speaking Style and Identity: New Corpus

We are releasing a novel speech corpus which may be of interest into those
looking at diverse speaking styles, and those seeking to characterize
speaker identity. The CHAINS corpus (CHaracterizing INdividual Speakers)
features approximately 36 speakers recorded under a variety of speaking
conditions, allowing comparison of the same speaker across different
well-defined speech styles. Speakers read a variety of texts alone, in
synchrony with a dialect-matched co-speaker, in imitation of a
dialect-matched co-speaker, in a whisper, and at a fast rate. There is also
an unscripted spontaneous retelling of a read fable. The bulk of the
speakers were speakers of Eastern Hiberno-English.

The corpus is being made freely available for research purposes. Full
details are available at the corpus website: http://chains.ucd.ie. This
research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

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