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The pacific expansion: Optimizing phonetic transcription of archival corpora

R Billington, H Stoakes, N Thieberger

Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH | ISCA | Published : 2021


For most of the world’s languages, detailed phonetic analyses across different aspects of the sound system do not exist, due in part to limitations in available speech data and tools for efficiently processing such data for low-resource languages. Archival language documentation collections offer opportunities to extend the scope and scale of phonetic research on low-resource languages, and developments in methods for automatic recognition and alignment of speech facilitate the preparation of phonetic corpora based on these collections. We present a case study applying speech modelling and forced alignment methods to narrative data for Nafsan, an Oceanic language of central Vanuatu. We exami..

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