CallFriend - Quebecois French Corpus


David Graff
Linguistic Data Consortium
University of Pennsylvania

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

Participants: 120
Type of Study: naturalistic
Location: Canada / USA
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/T5T59N

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Project Description

The CallFriend French 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 Canadian French. 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 either the United States or Canada. Participants in this collection were recruited in and around Quebec City, Canada.

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.
FileSexAgeEdPlacephone
fr_5110F3918Quebec_City418667xoa
fr_5129M3612Ste_Foy418247lfc
fr_5130M3319Quebec_City418598tpv
fr_5131M3512Rimouski902435yar
fr_5135M4416Quebec514723shu
fr_5136F2214Trois_Rivier418666idb
fr_5138M4112Montreal514448nln
fr_5145M3518Buckland514466lky
fr_5146F2216Ste_Foy514481bma
fr_5147F4318Chester403524jdj
fr_5152F3718Charlesbourg418662yam
fr_5172F2318Levis514353elp
fr_5174F4516Fudbury506336spk
fr_5193F1813Quebec_City403656lex
fr_5238M2817Quebec214985qjq
fr_5256F2520Quebec_City418653vnl
fr_5261F1812Rinouski418723rlv
fr_5305M3220Quebec_City418828pdw
fr_5338F4112Sorel514446kmo
fr_5339F4413Quebec_City418259ndj
fr_5374M3717Ste_Perpetue418642aio
fr_5375M2812St_Alexis_de514662fpw
fr_5380F3613Hull819449jct
fr_5382M4010Montreal819879bkr
fr_5383M4519Montreal418529lgi
fr_5403F3215St_Jean_sur_514358wfq
fr_5404F1712Lassalle514788wdo
fr_5405F2513Lac_des_aigl902435yar
fr_5407F2012Rimouski418722fad
fr_5410F6412L_Annonciati418653vnl
fr_5414F2317St_Jerome514498ing
fr_5416F2716New_Brunswic506992wdn
fr_5430M2217St_Jerome819379pmc
fr_5431M3913Ottawa705983ahi
fr_5433M3010Le_Beausset305739xhe
fr_5434M3115Lepiphanie418872piw
fr_5438M2714Isle_aux_cou418438eel
fr_5441M4012Montreal819372ngc
fr_5460M3020Montreal514323egn
fr_5461M4515Montreal514435piy
fr_5462F3713Montreal808969elm
fr_5464M3214Riviere_du_L604384ibs
fr_5465M4418Laval909335nnf
fr_5466M3620Trois_Rivier819379qjt
fr_5472F2519Montreal418653vnl
fr_5474M2912Quebec_City504891jov
fr_5475F4518Quebec_City514926boa
fr_5477F4315Sorel514472jne
fr_5478F2113Quebec_City514524ref
fr_5480F3214Quebec_City418368mjr
fr_5481F4512Rouyn819797acf
fr_5482F3015Quebec_City514839ses
fr_5483M3311St_Zacharie604769ply
fr_5485F5110Quebec_City705744kji
fr_5498F2714Lac_des_Aigl514228vns
fr_5499F2417Sept_Iles418968giy
fr_5500F3415Laval514372tfj
fr_5505F2613Montreal514647ecn
fr_5506F1611Point_du_Lac514641qbu
fr_5508M3015Candic418728wey