Arabic Speech Corpus

Title

Arabic Speech Corpus

Author

Nawar Halabi

Availability

Distributed by the University of Oxford under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Download: zip

Languages

Arabic

Editorial Practice

Encoding format: audio .wav files; text utterances .lab files; alignments .textgrid files

OTA keywords

Linguistic corpora
Corpus
Speech--Research

LC keywords

Linguistics
Linguistics analysis (Linguistics)
Speech--Synthesis

Extent
  • designation: CollectionSound
  • size: 5,444 files: ca. 1.3 GB
Creation Date

2015

Source Description

This Speech corpus has been developed as part of PhD work carried out by Nawar Halabi at the University of Southampton. The corpus was recorded in south Levantine Arabic (Damascian accent) using a professional studio. Synthesized speech as an output using this corpus has produced a high quality, natural voice.

The corpus has a dedicated website from which it can be downloaded at http://en.arabicspeechcorpus.com/.

Notes

The resource is a speech corpus, with digital audio files, text transcripts, and files containing time stamps of the phoneme boundaries.

  • 1813 .wav files containing spoken utterances.
  • 1813 .lab files containing text utterances.
  • 1813 .TextGrid files containing the phoneme labels with time stamps of the boundaries where these occur in the .wav files. These files can be opened using Praat software.
  • phonetic-transcript.txt which has the form "[wav_filename]" "[Phoneme Sequence]" in every line.
  • orthographic-transcript.txt which has the form "[wav_filename]" "[Orthographic Transcript]" in every line. Orthography is in Buckwalter Format which is friendlier where there is software that does not read Arabic script. It can be easily converted back to Arabic.