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ALFFA (African Languages in the Field: speech Fundamentals and Automation)

Identifier: SLR25

Summary: Amharic, Swahili and Wolof data, mirrored from the ALFFA git repository

Category: Speech

License: MIT

Downloads (use a mirror closer to you):
data_readspeech_am.tar.bz2 [1.0G]   ( Amharic speech and transcripts )   Mirrors: [China]  
data_broadcastnews_sw.tar.bz2 [1.2G]   ( Swahili speech and transcripts )   Mirrors: [China]  
data_readspeech_wo.tar.bz2 [1.7G]   ( Wolof speech and transcripts )   Mirrors: [China]  

About this resource:

This data is transcribed speech data, in Amharic and Swahili and Wolof.

This repository is a result of the ALFFA project http://alffa.imag.fr
A summary of these resources and ASR performances, as well as a description of the ALFFA project has been published in the following paper:

Collecting Resources in Sub-Saharan African Languages for Automatic Speech Recognition: a Case Study of Wolof.
Elodie Gauthier, Laurent Besacier, Sylvie Voisin, Michael Melese and Uriel Pascal Elingui.
To appear at LREC 2016.
So far, the ASR directory contains Kaldi recipes for 4 languages : Amharic, Swahili, Hausa and Wolof.

  • AMHARIC
  • In ASR/AMHARIC/ you will find kaldi recipes + ressources - see README file for more details and ASR performance results that you should be able to reproduce - please cite this paper if you publish work using these resources:
    @InProceedings {Abate2005,
    	Author = {Solomon Teferra Abate and Wolfgang Menzel and Bairu Tafila},
    	booktitle = {INTERSPEECH-2005},
    	Title =  {An Amharic Speech Corpus for Large Vocabulary Continuous Speech Recognition},
    	Year = {2005}
    }
    
  • SWAHILI
  • (this swahili ASR system is now available in the Kaldi master branch)
    In ASR/SWAHILI/ you will find kaldi recipes + ressources - see README file for more details and ASR performance results that you should be able to reproduce - please cite this paper if you publish work using theses resources:
    @InProceedings {gelas:hal-00954048,
    	author = {Gelas, Hadrien and Besacier, Laurent and Pellegrino, Francois},
    	title = {{D}evelopments of {S}wahili resources for an automatic speech recognition system},
    	booktitle = {{SLTU} - {W}orkshop on {S}poken {L}anguage {T}echnologies for {U}nder-{R}esourced {L}anguages},
    	year = {2012},
    	address = {Cape-Town, Afrique Du Sud},
    	abstract = {no abstract},
    	x-international-audience = {yes},
    	url = {http://hal.inria.fr/hal-00954048}
    }
    
  • WOLOF
  • In ASR/WOLOF/ you will find kaldi recipes + ressources - see README file for more details and ASR performance results that you should be able to reproduce - please cite this paper if you publish work using theses resources:
    @article {gauthier2016collect,
    	Author = {Gauthier, Elodie and Besacier, Laurent and Voisin, Sylvie and Melese, Michael and Elingui, Uriel Pascal},
    	Journal = {LREC},
    	Title = {Collecting Resources in Sub-Saharan African Languages for Automatic Speech Recognition: a Case Study of Wolof},
    	Year = {2016}
    }
    

External URLs:
https://github.com/besacier/ALFFA_PUBLIC/tree/master/ASR/AMHARIC   (Amharic data )
https://github.com/besacier/ALFFA_PUBLIC/tree/master/ASR/SWAHILI   (Swahili data )
https://github.com/besacier/ALFFA_PUBLIC/tree/master/ASR/WOLOF   (Wolof data)