The JASMIN Speech Corpus: Recordings of Children, Non-natives and Elderly People

  • Catia Cucchiarini
  • Hugo Van hamme
Part of the Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing book series (NLP)


Large speech corpora (LSC) constitute an indispensable resource for conducting research in speech processing and for developing real-life speech applications. In 2004 the Spoken Dutch Corpus (Corpus Gesproken Nederlands - CGN) became available, a corpus of standard Dutch as spoken by adult natives in the Netherlands and Flanders. CGN does not include speech of children, non-natives, elderly people and recordings of speech produced in human-machine interactions. Since such recordings would be extremely useful for conducting research and for developing HLT applications for these specific groups of speakers of Dutch, the JASMIN-CGN was started with the aim of extending CGN in three dimensions: age, mother tongue and interaction mode. First, by collecting a corpus of contemporary Dutch as spoken by children of different age groups, non-natives with different mother tongues and elderly people in the Netherlands and Flanders (JASMIN-CGN), we aimed at an extension along the age and mother tongue dimensions. In addition, we collected speech material in a communication setting that was not envisaged in CGN: human-machine interaction. One third of the data was collected in Flanders and two thirds in the Netherlands. The corpus has already been used in different ways within the STEVIN programme. In addition, it turned out to be useful for different lines of research. Since 2008 the JASMIN speech corpus has been available through the Dutch-Flemish HLT Agency. We hope that other researchers will make use of the data and the knowledge gathered in this project for further research and development.



We are indebted to the publishers Thieme-Meulenhoff and Zwijsen who allowed us to use their texts for the recordings, to A. van den Bosch who allowed us to use the POS tagger, to all the speakers as well as institutions that participated and thus made it possible to collect this corpus and to the people who, at different stages and for different periods, were part of the JASMIN team: Leontine Aul, Andrea Diersen, Joris Driesen, Olga van Herwijnen, Chantal Mülders, August Oostens, Eric Sanders, Maarten Van Segbroeck, Alain Sips, Felix Smits, Koen Snijders, Erik Stegeman and Barry van der Veen.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CLST, Radboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.ESAT DepartmentKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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