LINGUIST List 8.1233

Thu Aug 28 1997

FYI: Thanks, LDC Collection

Editor for this issue: Martin Jacobsen <>


  1.>, Many thanks
  2. LDC Office, New Collection from the Linguistic Data Consortium

Message 1: Many thanks

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 17:31:10 +0000
From:> <>
Subject: Many thanks

Dear Linguists,

The response for my call for help on the 20th August with languages
for the Lonely Planet guide to South India was fantastic.There were
too many interested parties to reply to directly so I would like to
sincerely thank everyone who answered our call for help. I am
considering all the replies that I have received and will notify the
relevant people.

Thanks again,

Peter D'Onghia
Lonely Planet Language Products
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Message 2: New Collection from the Linguistic Data Consortium

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 18:40:25 EDT
From: LDC Office <>
Subject: New Collection from the Linguistic Data Consortium

 Announcing a NEW RELEASE from the

	 CALLFRIEND Collection in 12 Languages
		 and 3 Dialect Comparisons

The CALLFRIEND project supports the development of language
identification technology. Calls were collected in the following
languages: American English, Canadian French, Egyptian Arabic, Farsi,
German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Tamil, and
Vietnamese. Two major dialect groups were collected for English,
Mandarin, and Spanish. The dialect comparison groups include: southern
vs. non-southern American English, Caribbean Spanish vs. non-Caribbean
Spanish, and Mainland Mandarin (China) vs. Mandarin as spoken in

Each CALLFRIEND language consists of 60 unscripted telephone
conversations, lasting between 5 and 30 minutes. The corpora also
include documentation describing speaker information (sex, age,
education, callee telephone number) and call information (channel
quality, number of speakers).

For each conversation, both the caller and callee are native speakers
of the designated language. All calls are domestic and were placed
inside the continental United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, or the
Dominican Republic.

Institutions that have membership in the LDC for either the 1996 or
1997 Membership Year will be able to receive the CALLFRIEND materials
at no additional charge, in the same manner as all other speech
corpora published by the LDC.

Nonmembers can purchase CALLFRIEND materials for research purposes
only. The cost of the CALLFRIEND collection is $600 per language or
per dialect. If you would like to order any of these corpora, please
email your request to If you need additional
information before placing your order, or would like to inquire about
membership in the LDC, please send email or call (215) 898-0464.

Further information about the LDC and its available corpora can be
accessed on the Linguistic Data Consortium WWW Home Page at URL Information is also available via ftp at under pub/ldc; for ftp access, please use
"anonymous" as your login name, and give your email address when asked
for password.

LDC96S46	CALLFRIEND American English-Non-Southern Dialect
LDC96S47	CALLFRIEND American English-Southern Dialect	
LDC96S48	CALLFRIEND Canadian French
LDC96S49	CALLFRIEND Egyptian Arabic				
LDC96S55	CALLFRIEND Mandarin Chinese-Mainland Dialect
LDC96S56	CALLFRIEND Mandarin Chinese-Taiwan Dialect
LDC96S57	CALLFRIEND Spanish-Caribbean Dialect
LDC96S58	CALLFRIEND Spanish-Non-Caribbean Dialect
LDC96S60	CALLFRIEND Vietnamese 
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