TalkBank Ethology Corpus: Field Recordings of Vervet Monkey Calls contains digitized audio files of field
recordings of vervet monkeys (cercopithecus aethiops) collected by
Robert M. Seyfarth and Dorothy L. Cheney in 1977 and 1978. The
original recordings were made on 1/8 inch reel-to-reel tapes, and were
digitized at LDC using the sampling frequency of 44.1 kHz. This
publication contains downsampled versions of the recordings.
From 2001 through 2004, Dr. Seyfarth and one of his students
annotated the recordings for the following fields: start time, end
time, type (bout, commentary, etc.), recording date and time, caller
ID, recipient ID, context, call type and remarks. This publication
contains annotation files that can be viewed with the accompanying
software or with spreadsheet software, such as Microsoft Excel.
There are 60 audio files (approximately 5 GB), containing
approximately 30 hours of recordings. All of the audio files are in
the Microsoft WAV format with the sampling frequency of 22,050 Hz.
A sample audio file may be found here.
There are 60 annotation files containing approximately 1,270
annotations of selected audio files in the distributions. All of the
annotation files are tab-separated table files without a header, and
use the UNIX-style newline (
). A sample annotation may be found
Annotation files for the following audio files are not included in
this publication: V08, V21, V42, V43, V44, V66, Vb1, Vb2, Vb3, Vb4,
Vb5, Vb6, Vb7, Vb8, Vb9, Vc1, Vc2 and Vc3.
The data/software directory contains a
Windows version of the AGTK TableTrans tool for annotation of audio that was used in
creating the annotations.
PC running Windows XP, Windows 2000 or WindowsNT
The AGTK TableTrans1_2_2.exe file is a self-extracting installation program.
Double clicking on the file will start the installation program.
Information about the AGTK (the Annotation Graph Toolkit) project is
None at this time.
The publication of the Field Recordings of Vervet Monkey Calls was funded
in part through a five-year grant (BCS-998009, KDI, SBE) from the National
Science Foundation via TalkBank, an interdisciplinary project to
foster research and development in communicative behavior by providing
tools and standards for analysis and distribution of language and
animal communication data.
Portions © 1977-1978, 2001-2004, Robert M. Seyfarth, Dorothy L. Cheney,
© 2004 Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania