GALE Phase 2 Arabic Broadcast News Parallel Text was developed by the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC).
Along with other corpora, the parallel text in this release comprised training
data for Phase 2 of the DARPA GALE (Global Autonomous Language Exploitation)
Program. This corpus contains Modern Standard Arabic source text and corresponding
English translations selected from broadcast news (BN) data collected by LDC
between 2005 and 2007 and transcribed by LDC or under its direction.
GALE Phase 2 Arabic Broadcast News Parallel Text includes seven source-translation
pairs, comprising 29,210 words of Arabic source text and its English translation.
Data is drawn from six distinct Arabic programs broadcast between 2005 and 2007
from Abu Dhabi TV, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Al Alam News Channel,
based in Iran; Aljazeera, a regional broadcast programmer based in Doha, Qatar;
Dubai TV, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Kuwait TV, a national television
station based in Kuwait. The BN programming in this release focuses on current
The files in this release were transcribed by LDC staff and/or transcription
vendors under contract to LDC in accordance with the
Quick Rich Transcription guidelines developed by LDC. Transcribers indicated
sentence boundaries in addition to transcribing the text. Data was manually
selected for translation according to several criteria, including linguistic
features, transcription features and topic features. The transcribed and segmented
files were then reformatted into a human-readable translation format and assigned
to translation vendors. Translators followed LDC's Arabic to English translation
guidelines. Bilingual LDC staff performed quality control procedures on the
Source data and translations are distributed in TDF format. TDF files are tab-delimited
files containing one segment of text along with meta information about that
segment. Each field in the TDF file is described in TDF_format.text. All data
are encoded in UTF-8.
Please follow these links for samples:
This work was supported in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency, GALE Program Grant No. HR0011-06-1-0003. The content of this
publication does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the
Government, and no official endorsement should be inferred.
None at this time.
Portions © 2007 Abu Dhabi TV, © 2007 Al Alam News Channel, ©
2005 Aljazeera, © 2006-2007 Dubai TV, © 2007 Kuwait TV, © 2005-2007,
2012 Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania