A web application for filtering and annotating web speech data
Lutz, David; Cadwallader, Parry; Rooth, Mats
A vast and growing amount of recorded speech is freely available on the web, including podcasts, radio broadcasts, and posts on media-sharing sites. However, finding specific words or phrases in online speech data remains a challenge for researchers, not least because transcripts of this data are often automatically-generated and imperfect. We have developed a web application, “ezra”, that addresses this challenge by allowing non-expert and potentially remote annotators to filter and annotate speech data collected from the web and produce large, high-quality data sets suitable for speech research. We have used this application to filter and annotate thousands of speech tokens. Ezra is freely available on GitHub1, and development continues.
Special Interest Group of the Association for Computational Linguistics on Web as Corpus (ACL SIGWAC)
corpus; speech; web interface; annotation; filtering; prosody
Previously Published As
Stefan Evert, Egon Stemle and Paul Rayson (editors). Proceedings of the 8th Web as Corpus Workshop. July, 2013.