Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English Part IV was produced by Linguistic Data
Consortium (LDC) catalog number LDC2005S25 and ISBN 158563-348-8.
Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English Part IV is based on hundreds of
recordings of natural speech from all over the United States, representing a
wide variety of people of different regional origins, ages, occupations, and
ethnic and social backgrounds. It reflects many ways that people use language in
their lives: conversation, gossip, arguments, on-the-job talk, card games, city
council meetings, sales pitches, classroom lectures, political speeches, bedtime
stories, sermons, weddings, and more.
The corpus was collected by: University of California, Santa Barbara Center for
the Study of Discourse (Director: John W. Du Bois (UCSB), Authors: John W. Du Bois and Robert Englebretson. Associate Editors:
Wallace L. Chafe (UCSB), Charles Meyer (UMass, Boston), and Sandra
A. Thompson (UCSB)).
For software and additional data resources, please refer to the following sites:
International Corpus of English.
Part I of the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English is available as
Part II of the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English is available as
Part III of the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English is available as
For the latest information on this corpus, please refer to the following sites devoted to it:
The audio data consists of 14 wave format speech files, recorded in two-channel pcm, at 22050Hz.
The speech files total 5.75 hours of audio (1.5 GB), representing
over 58,000 words and over 6,000 unique words in the transcribed text.
For an example of this corpus, please examine this audio sample and its transcript.
The cost of the first 100 copies of this publication (not counting the copies distributed to LDC members) is covered by NSF Grant Number BCS-998009, and therefore free of charge to qualified researchers; a $30 shipping and handling fee applies. After these first 100 copies are distributed, additional copies will be available for the production cost of $200 per DVD-ROM.
The completion and release of this corpus was facilitated by funding extended by the TalkBank Project. TalkBank is an interdisciplinary research project funded by a five-year grant (BCS-998009, KDI, SBE) from the National Science Foundation to Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania.
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