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Five of the sentences read by each speaker are also read by six other speakers (for comparability).
The remaining three sentences read by each speaker were unique to that speaker (for coverage). You can access its documentation in the usual way, using This gives us a sense of what a speech processing system would have to do in producing or recognizing speech in this particular dialect (New England).
: Structure of the Published TIMIT Corpus: The CD-ROM contains doc, train, and test directories at the top level; the train and test directories both have 8 sub-directories, one per dialect region; each of these contains further subdirectories, one per speaker; the contents of the directory for female speaker A fourth feature of TIMIT is the hierarchical structure of the corpus.
Even the speaker demographics data is just another instance of the lexicon data type.First, the corpus contains two layers of annotation, at the phonetic and orthographic levels.In general, a text or speech corpus may be annotated at many different linguistic levels, including morphological, syntactic, and discourse levels.Moreover, even at a given level there may be different labeling schemes or even disagreement amongst annotators, such that we want to represent multiple versions.
A second property of TIMIT is its balance across multiple dimensions of variation, for coverage of dialect regions and diphones.As in other chapters, there will be many examples drawn from practical experience managing linguistic data, including data that has been collected in the course of linguistic fieldwork, laboratory work, and web crawling.