Building and curating conversational corpora for diversity-aware language science and technology

Liesenfeld, A., & Dingemanse, M. (2022). Building and curating conversational corpora for diversity-aware language science and technology. In F. B├ęchet, P. Blache, K. Choukri, C. Cieri, T. DeClerck, S. Goggi, H. Isahara, B. Maegaard, J. Mariani, H. Mazo, & J. Odijk (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2022) (pp. 1178-1192). Marseille, France: European Language Resources Association.
We present an analysis pipeline and best practice guidelines for building and curating corpora of everyday conversation in diverse languages. Surveying language documentation corpora and other resources that cover 67 languages and varieties from 28 phyla, we describe the compilation and curation process, specify minimal properties of a unified format for interactional data, and develop methods for quality control that take into account turn-taking and timing. Two case studies show the broad utility of conversational data for (i) charting human interactional infrastructure and (ii) tracing challenges and opportunities for current ASR solutions. Linguistically diverse conversational corpora can provide new insights for the language sciences and stronger empirical foundations for language technology.
Publication type
Proceedings paper
Publication date
2022

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