This file contains documentation for ARL Urdu Speech Database, Training Data,
Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) catalog number LDC2007S03 and isbn 1-58563-421-3.
The recordings in this release were collected by Appen Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia
in 2006. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) provided this corpus to the
LDC for distribution.
Urdu is an Indo-Aryan language spoken throughout South Asia that developed
under the Mughal Empire and Delhi Sultinate between 1200 AD and 1800 AD. It
has Persian, Turkish and Arabic influences, but in fact is a dialect of Hindustani.
The word "Urdu" refers to the standardized register of Hindustani,
but there are many non-standard idiolects as well. Urdu is the twentieth most
spoken language in the world. It is the native language of over 60 million people,
it is the offical language of Pakistan, and it is one of India's national languages.
Urdu is also spoken in Afghanistan.
The ARL Urdu Speech Database is a collection of recorded speech from 200 adult
native Urdu speakers from Pakistan and Northern India. The distribution of speaker
dialects is as follows:
|Accent||Number of Speakers
|North West Regions||30
The database is divided into two parts, a training set containing approximately
80% of the data and a test set comprised of 20% of the data. This release consists
of approximately 80% of the complete dataset (training and test).
Each speaker was presented with 400 prompts to read: sentences, place names, and person names. Two microphones set at different distances to the speaker were used for the recordings. The recorded speech was stored in raw format files with headers stored in separate directories.
Each utterance is transcribed in the corresponding label file for each recording. The transcriptions were encoded in UTF-8. Punctuation was omitted and numbers were written out in full.
Earlier versions were missing the content list file. This is now available as a download. Please contact the LDC membership office to receive instructions for download.
For an example of the data in this corpus, please listen to this following audio sample (.wav format)
Portions © 2006 U.S. Army Research Laboratory, © 2007 Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania