Construction of a phonotactic dialect corpus using semiautomatic annotation
August 27, 2007
In this paper, we discuss rapid, semiautomatic annotation techniques of detailed phonological phenomena for large corpora. We describe the use of these techniques for the development of a corpus of American English dialects. The resulting annotations and corpora will support both large-scale linguistic dialect analysis and automatic dialect identification. We delineate the semiautomatic annotation process that we are currently employing and, a set of experiments we ran to validate this process. From these experiments, we learned that the use of ASR techniques could significantly increase the throughput and consistency of human annotators.