AusTalk: an audio-visual corpus of Australian English

Dominique Estival, Steve Cassidy, Felicity Cox, Denis Burnham

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This paper describes the AusTalk corpus, which was designed and created through the Big ASC, a collaborative project with the two main goals of providing a standardised infrastructure for audio-visual recordings in Australia and of producing a large audio-visual corpus of Australian English, with 3 hours of AV recordings for 1000 speakers. We first present the overall project, then describe the corpus itself and its components, the strict data collection protocol with high levels of standardisation and automation, and the processes put in place for quality control. We also discuss the annotation phase of the project, along with its goals and challenges; a major contribution of the project has been to explore procedures for automating annotations and we present our solutions. We conclude with the current status of the corpus and with some examples of research already conducted with this new resource. AusTalk is one of the corpora included in the Alveo Virtual Lab, which is briefly sketched in the conclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2014)
EditorsNicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Thierry Declerck, Hrafn Loftsson, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Asuncion Moreno, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis
Place of PublicationReykjavik, Iceland
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9782951740884
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (9th : 2014) - Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 26 May 201431 May 2014


ConferenceInternational Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (9th : 2014)
CityReykjavik, Iceland

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