Basque Spoken Corpus, by Jon Aske (Department of Foreign Languages, Salem State College - Salem, Massachusetts, USA)
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Corpus oral du basque, par Jon Aske (Département des langues étrangères, Salem State College - Salem, Massachusetts, USA)
This is a collection of forty two narratives in the Basque language (Euskara) by native speakers. It includes sound files (MP3 format) and full detailed transcripts. Each of the narratives is a recounting of a short, silent movie that the speaker has just watched to a friend or acquaintance who has not seen the movie (no other person was present in the room, just the recording equipment).
Two short silent movies were used to elicit the narratives: Twenty one of the narratives correspond to the 7-minute silent movie The Pear Story (Chafe, ed., 1980) and the other 21 are about a 12 minute collage from Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times.
The recordings were made as a part of a study on Basque word order in 1993 (Aske 1997).
The transcriptions are made following a modified version of the guidelines given in Edwards and Lampert 1993.
The speakers were from different age groups, different dialects, and had differing language abilities. Profiles of the speakers are also included.
In addition to the 42 narratives with transcripts, 53 additional sound tracks of extemporaneous speech and description of still images are also included.
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