The Edinburgh Speech Production Facility's articulatory corpus of spontaneous dialogue.

Alice Turk, James Scobbie, Christian Geng, Cedric Macmartin, Ellen Bard, Barry Campbell, Catherine Dickie, Eddie Dubourg, Bill Hardcastle, Phil Hoole, Evia Kanaida, Robin Lickley, Satsuki Nakai, Marianne Pouplier, Simon King, Stephen Renals, Korin Richmond, Sonja Schaeffler, Ronnie Wiegand, Kevin WhiteAlan Wrench

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The EPSRC-funded Edinburgh Speech Production is built around two synchronized Carstens AG500 electromagnetic articulographs (EMAs) in order to capture articulatory/acoustic data from spontaneous dialogue. An initial articulatory corpus was designed with two aims. The first was to elicit a range of speech styles/registers from speakers, and therefore provide an alternative to fully scripted corpora. The second was to extend the corpus beyond monologue, by using tasks that promote natural discourse and interaction. A subsidiary driver was to use dialects from outwith North America: dialogues paired up a Scottish English and a Southern British English speaker. Tasks. Monologue: Story reading of "Comma Gets a Cure"' [Honorof et al. (2000)], lexical sets [Wells (1982)], spontaneous story telling, diadochokinetic tasks. Dialogue: Map tasks [Anderson et al. (1991)], "Spot the Difference"' picture tasks [Bradlow et al. (2007)], story-recall. Shadowing of the spontaneous story telling by the second participant. Each dialogue session includes approximately 30 min of speech, and there are acoustics-only baseline materials. We will introduce the corpus and highlight the role of articulatory production data in helping provide a fuller understanding of various spontaneous speech phenomena by presenting examples of naturally occurring covert speech errors, accent accommodation, turn taking negotiation, and shadowing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2429-2429
Number of pages1
JournalThe Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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