15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

KACST Arabic Phonetics Database

Mansour M. Alghmadi

KACST, Saudi Arabia

Arabic sounds were the first to be fully described and analyzed. The place and manner of articulation of each Arabic sound were identified and documented in the eighth century AD by Sibawayah in his famous treatise al-Kitaab. Since then many Arabic scholars have quoted him, but not much has been added to what he wrote.
   Lately, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has published a detailed and comprehensive database called KACST Arabic Phonetics Database (KAPD) (2000). KAPD gives almost all the details of the articulatory mechanism of Arabic sounds. It contains more than 46000 files. They show the results of 9 experiments on 8 native Arabic subjects. The experiments include: airflow, air pressure, linguapalatal contact, nasality, perception, side and front facial images, and stroboscopic images of the glottis, pharyngeal cavity and velo-pharyngeal port. The data in KAPD are raw, i.e., it can be utilized for research and development such as speech therapy, speech perception, speech synthesis, speech recognition and speech modeling. KAPD is available on 3 CD's for researchers and students of Speech.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Alghmadi, Mansour M. (2003): "KACST Arabic phonetics database", In ICPhS-15, 3109-3112.