The crosslinguistic corpus of hesitation phenomena, collated beginning in 2012

Corpus of Hesitation Phenomena

The Corpus of Hesitation Phenomena is a corpus of speech which has been transcribed and annotated for various speech features, most notably types of hesitation phenomena (e.g., silent pauses, filled pauses, repairs). The corpus is actually a family of three corpora, as follows.

Recording of 30 participants has been completed

Today we completed recording the last of the 30 scheduled participants for the Crosslinguistic Corpus of Hesitation Phenomena. For the most part, things went smoothly. There were only two minor cases where a participant's recording had to be re-done (i.e., one three-minute speaking task in both cases). The only real difficulty we had was that a number of students (about 1 in 5) who had volunteered to participate were no-shows. I had to do a second listing on the university job list to fill out the quota. In the end, though, we got our 30.

Recording participants for CCHP has started

The recording process for the Crosslinguistic Corpus of Hesitation Phenomena starts today. The plan is to record 30 native speakers of Japanese speaking in both their native language and English (their second language). I posted a recruitment ad on the university part-time work list and within a day had 30 students lined up. That work list is a fantastic way to recruit experimental participants.

CHP research support staff have been hired

The budget for the first year of the CCHP allows for three research support staff. They will be responsible for running experiments (i.e., recording participants) and doing transcription and annotation. After a brief search, I've been able to find three graduate students at the university to hire. They will assist in the project during 2012-2013.

[This post was actually written 10 August 2012, but has been back-dated to correspond to the actual events described herein.]

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