AusKidTalk: An auditory-visual corpus of 3-to 12-year-old Australian children's speech

Beena Ahmed, Kirrie Ballard, Denis Burnham, Tharmakulasingam Sirojan, Hadi Mehmood, Dominique Estival, Elise Baker, Felicity Cox, Joanne Arciuli, Titia Benders, Katherine Demuth, Barbara Kelly, Chloé Diskin-Holdaway, Mostafa Shahin, Vidhyasaharan Sethu, Julien Epps, Chwee Beng Lee, Eliathamby Ambikairajah

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Abstract

Here we present AusKidTalk [1], an audio-visual (AV) corpus of Australian children's speech collected to facilitate the development of speech based technological solutions for children. It builds upon the technology and expertise developed through the collection of an earlier corpus of Australian adult speech, AusTalk [2,3]. This multi-site initiative was established to remedy the dire shortage of children's speech corpora in Australia and around the world that are sufficiently sized to train accurate automated speech processing tools for children. We are collecting ∼600 hours of speech from children aged 3- 12 years that includes single word and sentence productions as well as narrative and emotional speech. In this paper, we discuss the key requirements for AusKidTalk and how we designed the recording setup and protocol to meet them. We also discuss key findings from our feasibility study of the recording protocol, recording tools, and user interface.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2021
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Pages4351-4355
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781713836902
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event22nd Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2021 - Brno, Czech Republic
Duration: 30 Aug 20213 Sep 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
Volume6
ISSN (Print)2308-457X
ISSN (Electronic)1990-9772

Conference

Conference22nd Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2021
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
CityBrno
Period30/08/213/09/21

Keywords

  • Australian English
  • Children's speech
  • Speech corpus

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