CallFriend - Southern English Corpus


David Graff
Linguistic Data Consortium
University of Pennsylvania

https://www.ldc.upenn.edu/staff/david-graff

Participants: 120
Type of Study: naturalistic
Location: USA
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/T5S880

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Project Description

These corpora were contributed to TalkBank by the Linguistic Data Consortium. Thanks to Mark Liberman, Steven Bird, and Chris Cieri for sharing these audio data. Transcriptions in CA-CHAT were produced by Malcah Yaeger-Dror, working with students Alan Beaudrie, Sarah Beaudrie, and Tania Granadillo.

The CallFriend Southern English corpus of telephone speech was collected by the Linguistic Data Consortium primarily in support of the project on Language Identification (LID), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense.

This release of the CallFriend French corpus consists of 60 unscripted telephone conversations between native speakers of Southern American English. The recorded conversations last up to 30 minutes. All speakers were aware that they were being recorded. They were given no guidelines concerning what they should talk about. Once a caller was recruited to participate, he/she was given a free choice of whom to call. Most participants called family members or close friends. All calls originated in the United States.

Speakers were solicited by the LDC to participate in this telephone speech collection effort via the internet, publications (advertisements), and personal contacts. A total of 100 call originators were found, each of whom placed a telephone call via a toll-free robot operator maintained by the LDC. Access to the robot operator was possible via a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) issued by the recruiting staff at the LDC when the caller enrolled in the project. The participants were made aware that their telephone call would be recorded, as were the call recipients. The call was allowed only if both parties agreed to being recorded. Each caller was allowed to talk up to 30 minutes. Upon successful completion of the call, the caller was paid $20 (in addition to making a free long-distance telephone call). Each caller was allowed to place only one telephone call. After a successful call was completed, a human audit of each telephone call was conducted to verify that the proper language was spoken, and to check the quality of the recording.

The following table gives the sex for both speakers or FxM if first speaker is female and second male or MxF for the reverse. Then it gives the age, education, and place grown up for Speaker 1.
File sexageedgrew_up calling to phone
en_4098FxM4714MIChicago312846sfk
en_4162FxM3916GANC704547ybo
en_4843FxM2115NY?Orlando, FL407696xiw
en_5234M2215GAColumbia, SC803781tdb
en_5693FxM4515ARManitoba, Canada204775glk
en_5755MxF4014PA/AAVEPennsylvania?717322qet
en_5847M2616ARArkansas501582siu
en_6190FxM3714TXGA404320jla
en_6238MxF4420PA/AAVEOhio216271wbe
en_6269M7118ALHinesville,GA912925gdx
en_6285M/m+mom1815ARlittle rk, AR501225fac
en_6295F ?5914PAGA404320jla
en_6491F2812TXyonk/whplanes914567qcx
en_6526M2412KYND701727gpm
en_6549F6619ALNC910488yfg
en_6558F3516KYKY606279dff
en_6561FxM3612KYPittsburgh412437vej
en_6578FxM5420GAMS601234rng
en_6582F368KYKY502274ima
en_6611MxF5317WVWV304577ild
en_6628F366KYKY606376uel
en_6629FxM3212TNTN615829lfn
en_6661M4416GAGA404378eea
en_6668FxM4112KYAR907372kcv
en_6674F3615MSBraxton, MS601325ylc
en_6681M4412KYOhio216841ekv
en_6699F4215KYFL941466che
en_6701MxF3012KYSan Antonio, TX210337soq
en_6726MxF2419KYKY606549kim
en_6750F1913KYKY502745ldo
en_6771MxF2218KYKY606549kim
en_6784FxM3810KYOhio614257paq
en_6833M5620NCNC919693agk
en_6855F378KYGA706778xcm
en_6886F4812MS?Gainesville, FL352728yeh
en_6890MxF2416MSBraxton, MS601372cjb
en_6900F3813ALAL205695lmb
en_6910F2716MSLA504768omm
en_6913M3712MSBraxton, MS601726geh
en_6914F2516ALAL205392sll
en_6927M2115TXAustin, TX512835clh
en_6929F2417MSBraxton, MS601956sme
en_6931M2316MSBraxton, MS601737fem
en_6932F6017MSBraxton, MS601799xhm
en_6933M6121MSBraxton, MS601982inp
en_6943FxM2116MSBraxton, MS601333xlr
en_6946MxF5818ARArkansas501676ify
en_6947M4412MSWyoming307674eks
en_6953M00MSDC703524van
en_6954F5014MSNM505890djn
en_6955MxF4232LALA318757vfb
en_6956F00TN901678vlu
en_6962F4214MSBraxton, MS601636klw
en_6965F3516MSBraxton, MS601833iot
en_6966FxM00Braxton, MS601686fpd
en_6968F4415MSBraxton, MS601832bdl
en_6970MxF3716MSBraxton, MS601362gix
en_6973FxM4312MSWyoming307674eks
en_6974FxM2317MSBraxton, MS601992mkr
en_6975F5412MSBraxton, MS601638xkb