Crowdsourcing the Paldaruo Speech Corpus of Welsh for Speech Technology

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Collecting speech data for a low-resource language is challenging when funding and resources are limited. This paper describes the process of designing, creating and using the Paldaruo Speech Corpus for developing speech technology for Welsh. Specifically, this paper focuses on the crowdsourcing of data using an app on smartphones and mobile devices, allowing speakers from across Wales to contribute. We discuss the development of reading prompts: isolated words and full sentences, as well as the metadata collected from contributors. We also provide background on the design of the Paldaruo App as well as the main uses for the corpus and its availability and licensing. The corpus was designed for the development of speech recognition for Welsh and has been used to create a number of other resources. These methods can be extended to other languages, and suggestions for other low-resource languages are discussed.


  • low-resource languages, linguistic diversity, speech recognition, speech technology, corpus
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247
Number of pages12
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2019

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