Belgian-French SpeechDat(II) FDB-1000
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Base de données SpeechDat(II) du wallon FDB-1000
The Belgian-French SpeechDat(II) FDB-1000 database contains the recordings of 1,011 Belgian-French speakers (493 Males, 518 Females) recorded over the Belgian fixed telephone network. This database is partitioned into 4 CDs, which comprise 250 speakers’ sessions each.
Speech samples are stored as sequences of 8-bit 8 kHz A-law. Each prompted utterance is stored in a separate file. Each signal file is accompanied by an ASCII SAM label file, which contains the relevant descriptive information.
This speech database was validated by SPEX (the Netherlands) to assess its compliance with the SpeechDat format and content specifications.
Each speaker uttered the following items. Each phrase or word was repeated about 2 times.
7 application words
4 isolated digits
1 sequence of 10 isolated digits
5 connected digits (1 area code, 1 spontaneous phone number, 1 credit card number –15/16 digits, etc.
3 dates (1 spontaneous date e.g. birthday, 1 prompted date, 1 general and relative date expression)
1 embedded application word
4 spelled words
1 currency money amount
1 natural number
6 directory assistance names (1 forename, 1 city of birth, 1 most frequent city, 1 city name, 1 company name, 1 "forename surname")
2 yes/no questions (1 predominantly "yes" question, 1 predominantly "no" question)
10 phonetically rich sentences
2 time phrases (1 spontaneous time of day, 1 time phrase)
6 phonetically rich words
The following age distribution has been obtained: 13 speakers are under 16, 257 speakers are between 16 and 30, 425 speakers are between 31 and 45, 229 speakers are between 46 and 60 and 87 are over 60.
A pronunciation lexicon with a phonemic transcription in SAMPA is also included.
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