Resource: IARPA Babel Kurmanji Kurdish Language Pack IARPA-babel205b-v1.0a

Reference IARPA Babel Kurmanji Kurdish Language Pack IARPA-babel205b-v1.0a
Date of Submission Nov. 27, 2017, 4:01 p.m.
Status accepted
ISLRN 063-189-164-925-3
Resource Type Primary Text
Media Type Text, Audio
Language Northern Kurdish
Format/MIME Type application/octet-stream, audio/x-wav, text/plain
Size 11589816 KB
Access Medium Web Download


IARPA Babel Kurmanji Kurdish Language Pack IARPA-babel205b-v1.0a was developed by Appen for the IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity) Babel program. It contains approximately 203 hours of Kurmanji Kurdish conversational and scripted telephone speech collected in 2013 and 2014 along with corresponding transcripts.

The Babel program focuses on underserved languages and seeks to develop speech recognition technology that can be rapidly applied to any human language to support keyword search performance over large amounts of recorded speech.


The Kurmanji Kurdish speech in this release represents that spoken in the southeastern and eastern Anatolian regions of Turkey. The gender distribution among speakers is approximately 37% female and 63% male; speakers' ages range from 16 years to 70 years. Calls were made using different telephones (e.g., mobile, landline) from a variety of environments including the street, a home or office, a public place, and inside a vehicle.

Audio data is presented as 8kHz 8-bit a-law encoded audio in sphere format and 48kHz 24-bit PCM encoded audio in wav format. Transcripts are encoded in UTF-8. Further information about transcription methodology is contained in the documentation accompanying this release.

Evaluation data is available from NIST in support of OpenKWS.

Version 1.0
Creator Eyal Dubinski , Mary Harper , Willa Lin , Jessica Ray , Anton Rytting , Wade Shen , Evelyne Tzoukermann , Aric Bills , Ronnie Silber , Bergul Roomi , Thomas Conners , Jennifer Melot , Melanie Heighway , Jonathan G. Fiscus , Shelley Paget , Jacqui Zwanenburg
Distributor Linguistic Data Consortium
Rights Holder Portions © 2015 U.S. Government,<br> </br>The U.S. Government acquired this data from Appen Pty Ltd, which assigned the copyright to the data to the U.S. Government.