This file contains documentation on the Middle East Technical University Turkish Microphone Speech v 1.0, Linguistic
Data Consortium (LDC) catalog number LDC2006S33 and ISBN 1-58563-384-4.
The corpus has been collected at the Middle East Technical University (METU) as part of a collaborative work between the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of the Middle East Technical University in Turkey and the Center for Spoken Language Research (CSLR) of the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. The collaboration has been supported by TUBITAK, the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, through a combined doctoral scholarship program. The corpus was used to port the Speech Recognition System of CSLR, SONIC, to Turkish.
The corpus contains text, speech and alignment files. The corpus is of size ~600Mbytes.
120 speakers (60 male and 60 female) speak 40 sentences each (aproximately 300 words
per speaker), which makes approximately 500 minutes of speech in total. The 40 sentences
are selected randomly for each speaker from a triphone-balanced set of 2,462 Turkish
sentences. The speakers are selected from students, faculty and staff at METU and all are
native speakers of Turkish. The age range is from 19 to 50 years with an average of 23.9
The data has been digitally recorded with a Sound Blaster sound card on a PC at a 16 kHz
Please listen to this audio sample and examine its companion transcript for an example of the data contained in this publication.
Portions © 2001, 2002, 2005 Middle East Technical University, Tolga Ciloglu, Ozgul Salor, Bryan Pellom, Kadri Hacioglu, Mubeccel Demirekler, © 1993, 2006 Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania