|A British English Speech Corpus for Large Vocabulary Continuous
Speech Recognition (The Cambridge University Version of the ARPA CSR Corpus "WSJ0").
This release of WSJCA0 on CD-ROM represents version 1.1 of the
corpus, which was initially released on tape by Cambridge University
as of August 31, 1994. This collection is modelled directly on the
initial ARPA CSR Corpus (WSJ0, a fifteen-disc corpus released by LDC
in 1993): it uses the same dual-microphone recording paradigm and a
subset of prompting texts drawn from the Wall Street Journal.
There are two key differences between WSJ0 and WSJCAM0: (1) the
subjects in WSJCAM0 are native speakers of British English and (2)
in addition to standard orthographic transcripts, WSJCAM0 also has
information on the time alignment between the sampled waveform and
both the words and the phonetic segments.
The CD-ROM publication consists of six discs, with contents organized
There are 90 utterances from each of 92 speakers that are designated
as training material for speech recognition algorithms. An
additional 48 speakers each read 40 sentences containing only words
from a fixed 5,000 word vocabulary and another 40 sentences using a
64,000 word vocabulary, to be used as testing material. Each of the
total of 140 speakers also recorded a common set of 18 adaptation
sentences. Recordings were made from two microphones: a far-field
desk microphone and a head-mounted close-talking microphone.
- Discs 1 and 2 - training data from head-mounted microphone
- Disc 3 - development test data from head-mounted microphone,
plus first set of evaluation test data
- Discs 4 and 5 - training data from desk-mounted microphone
- Disc 6 - development test data from desk-mounted microphone,
plus second set of evaluation test data
Within the train and test sets, speech data are organized by speaker;
prompting texts, detailed transcriptions and speaker information are
included in each speaker directory.
All waveform files have NIST SPHERE headers; waveform data are
compressed using the "Shorten" algorithm developed by Tony Robinson
at Cambridge University, as adapted for use in the NIST SPHERE
software package. (This package is available via anonymous ftp from
NIST, on ftp server "jaguar.ncsl.nist.gov" in the "pub" directory).
Complete documentation is provided on each disc in the set.