4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

The DCIEM Map Task Corpus: Spontaneous Dialogue Under Sleep Deprivation and Drug Treatment

Ellen Gurman Bard (1), C. Sotillo (1), A. H. Anderson (1), M. M. Taylor (2)

(1) Human Communication Research Centre, Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, UK
(2) Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine, Canada

This paper describes a resource for the study of spontaneous speech under stress, a corpus of 216 unscripted task-oriented dialogues conducted by normal Canadian adults in the course of a sleep deprivation experiment under 3 drug conditions. Speakers carried out the route-communication task (see [1]) in alternation with a battery of other tasks over a 6-day study which included a 60-hour sleepless period. Each speaker participated in 12 dialogues. The design permits comparisons within speakers for sleep deprivation (baseline, deprived, post-recovery), and between speakers for drug condition (placebo, d-amphetamine, Modafinil) and number of conversational partners encountered (1, 2). Preliminary examination of dialogue length, task performance, and aspects of dialogue strategy indicate effects of all these variables. Effects of sleep-deprivation and drug condition are less severe than those found in simpler tasks [7].

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Bibliographic reference.  Bard, Ellen Gurman / Sotillo, C. / Anderson, A. H. / Taylor, M. M. (1996): "The DCIEM map task corpus: spontaneous dialogue under sleep deprivation and drug treatment", In ICSLP-1996, 1958-1961.