Thomas Ulrich Christiansen

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Sense Meets Nonsense - Sense Meets Nonsense - a dual-layer Danish speech corpus for perception studies
Thomas Ulrich Christiansen | Peter Juel Henrichsen
Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'12)

In this paper, we present the newly established Danish speech corpus PiTu. The corpus consists of recordings of 28 native Danish talkers (14 female and 14 male) each reproducing (i) a series of nonsense syllables, and (ii) a set of authentic natural language sentences. The speech corpus is tailored for investigating the relationship between early stages of the speech perceptual process and later stages. We present our considerations involved in preparing the experimental set-up, producing the anechoic recordings, compiling the data, and exploring the materials in linguistic research. We report on a small pilot experiment demonstrating how PiTu and similar speech corpora can be used in studies of prosody as a function of semantic content. The experiment addresses the issue of whether the governing principles of Danish prosody assignment is mainly talker-specific or mainly content-typical (under the specific experimental conditions). The corpus is available in its entirety for download at


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Fast and simple semantic class assignment for biomedical text
K. Bretonnel Cohen | Thomas Christiansen | William Baumgartner Jr. | Karin Verspoor | Lawrence Hunter
Proceedings of BioNLP 2011 Workshop