Open-Source High Quality Speech Datasets for Basque, Catalan and Galician

Alena Butryna
Clara E. Rivera
Proc. of 1st Joint Spoken Language Technologies for Under-Resourced Languages (SLTU) and Collaboration and Computing for Under-Resourced Languages (CCURL) Workshop (SLTU-CCURL 2020), European Language Resources Association (ELRA), 11--12 May, Marseille, France, pp. 21-27


This paper introduces three new open speech datasets for Basque, Catalan and Galician, which are languages of Spain, where Catalan is furthermore the official language of the Principality of Andorra. The datasets consist of high-quality multi-speaker recordings of the three languages along with the associated transcriptions. The resulting corpora include over 33 hours of crowd-sourced recordings of 132 male and female native speakers. The recording scripts also include material for elicitation of global and local place names, personal and business names. The datasets are released under a permissive license and are available for free download for commercial, academic and personal use. The high-quality annotated speech datasets described in this paper can be used to, among other things, build text-to-speech systems, serve as adaptation data in automatic speech recognition and provide useful phonetic and phonological insights in corpus linguistics.