- Authors: European consortium
- Funded by: European ESPRIT grant number:
- When created: 1990-1993
- Availability: English speakers available on CDROM through ELRA for 25 ECU to members or 75 ECU to non
- Purpose: Cross-language investigation of acoustic-articulatory correlations in
- Description: Overview
- Microphone 20kHz sample rate (Sennheiser MKH 40 P48)
- Laryngograph 10kHz sample rate
- Rothenberg mask 500Hz sample rate
- EPG 200Hz sample rate
- Texts: A common corpus was used for all languages (with exceptions when sequences were
not phonotactically permissable). The main speech materials were as follows:
- Nonsense items:
- Vowels /i,a,u/ in isolation
- VCV sequences, where C= /p,tb,t,d,k,s,z,n,l,S,T/ and the sequences /kl,st/; V = /i,a,u/.
- Real words:
- These match the nonsense sequences above as closely as possible. eg. Nonsense item /iti/ is
matched by the english word "meaty".
- A set of 14 short sentences designed to illustrate the main connected speech processes in the
language (eg. assimilations, weak forms ..). In some languages, items from the real word corpus
appear in the sentences.
- Subjects: 5-10 speakers per language each recorded 10 repetitions of the corpus
- 5 repetitions recorded with EPG, Laryngograph and audio.
- 5 repetitions recorded with EPG, Laryngograph, audio and nasal/oral airflow ( Rothenberg
- All recordings made in the same sound damped studio at the university of Reading. All data were
recorded direct to computer with the exception of audio which was recorded onto DAT and later
- Languages: Catalan,English,French,German,Irish Gaelic,Italian,Swedish
- Examples: sound files and EDIT screen dump
- Platforms: Database access software currently runs on PC
- Media: Planned release on CDROM
- File format is currently under review and will be stored with NIST headers
- SPLIT - split files in old compressed format
- EDIT - simultaneous display of all track files in old format.
- New management software planned for new file format
- Software Documentation: EDIT
- Software Source/Executables:EDIT
- Contact: A. Wrench
Dept. Speech and language Sciences, Queen Margaret College, Clerwood Terrace, Edinburgh.
- +44 131 317 3692
- +44 131 317 3689