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A Blueprint for a Comprehensive Australian English Auditory-Visual Speech Corpus

Denis Burnham, Eliathamby Ambikairajah, Joanne Arciuli, Mohammed Bennamoun, Catherine T Best, Steven Bird, Andrew R Butcher, Steve Cassidy, Girija Chetty, Felicity M Cox, Anne Cutler, Robert Dale, Julien R Epps, Janet M Fletcher, Roland Goecke, David B Grayden, John T Hajek, John C Ingram, Shunichi Ishihara, Nenagh Kemp Show all

Selected Proceedings of the 2008 HCSNet Wokshop on Designing the Australian National Corpus: Mustering Languages | Cascadilla Press | Published : 2009


Contemporary speech science is driven by the availability of large, diverse speech corpora. Such infrastructure underpins research and technological advances in various practical, socially beneficial and economically fruitful endeavours, from ASR to hearing prostheses. Unfortunately, speech corpora are not easy to come by because they are both expensive to collect and are not favoured by the usual funding sources as their collection per se does not fall under the classification of ‘research’. Nevertheless they provide the sine qua non for many avenues of research endeavour in speech science. The only publicly available Australian speech corpus is the 12-year-old Aust..

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