Voice Äpp:a mobile app for crowdsourcing Swiss German dialect data

Leemann, Adrian and Kolly, Marie-José and Goldman, Jean-Philippe and Dellwo, Volker and Hove, Ingrid and Almajai, Ibrahim and Grimm, Sarah and Robert, Sylvain and Wanitsch, Daniel (2015) Voice Äpp:a mobile app for crowdsourcing Swiss German dialect data. In: Interspeech 2015. Proceedings of Interspeech . UNSPECIFIED, pp. 2804-2808.

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Crowdsourcing speech data through mobile applications is relatively new. In the present contribution we add to the existing body of research an innovative Android and iOS application called `Voice Äpp'. The free app is pioneering in the sense that it leverages its function as a medium for science communication — thus attracting an extensive user base — to crowdsource audio and dialect data. The app was launched in early 2015 and has already been downloaded 19k times. Nearly half a million audio tokens have been crowdsourced. In this system levels contribution we describe the basic functionalities of the app — voice and dialect analysis —, we present the scientific potential of the corpus created, and discuss methodological issues related to crowdsourcing audio data through mobile applications.

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