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This presentation will outline the current development and functionalities of the DIT Dynamic Speech Corpus which is based on natural, informal dialogue and recorded at a high level of audio quality. The presenters will demonstrate how learners can find samples of native-to-native speech (in various L1 varieties) on a chosen topic and, in particular, speed-induced elisions, co-articulations and reductions, studying sequences in their full, natural, dialogic environment. At all stages users will be able to slow down sequences to study how native speakers produce them. First data on the acceptability and effectiveness of the slow-down technology will also be presented.
Campbell, D., Wang, Y., McDonnell, C., Meinardi, M., Richardson, B.: The DIT Dynamic Speech Corpus. IVACS Symposium Conference, Edinburgh, UK. January, 2009.