5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Towards a Minimal Standard for Dialogue Transcripts: a New SGML Architecture for the HCRC Map Task Corpus

Amy Isard, David McKelvie, Henry S. Thompson

Human Communication Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

The rapid growth in availability of high-quality recordings of natural spoken dialogue (and natural spoken material more generally) has encouraged us to to improve the interchange of transcripts of such material, in order that these resources be easy to exploit by the scientific community as a whole. In this paper, we describe a new SGML architecture which we have recently adopted for the HCRC Map Task corpus (a corpus of spontaneous task-oriented dialogues) with precisely these issues in view. This architecture is oriented towards ease of processing and update.

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Bibliographic reference.  Isard, Amy / McKelvie, David / Thompson, Henry S. (1998): "Towards a minimal standard for dialogue transcripts: a new SGML architecture for the HCRC map task corpus", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0322.