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SESAME Research Tools (Nanyang Technological University)
SESAME: Speech Elicitation for Spectral Acoustics in a Multilingual Environment. The SESAME Research tools are a collection of Open Access materials designed to elicit different kinds of speech, including for fine-grained analysis of spectral acoustics. The collection includes Picture Cards designed to elicit single words for phonetic contrasts; Talk Prompts designed to elicit a short sample of speech about a familiar topic; Complex picture scenes; and a Wordless Storybook. The primary target languages are the dominant languages of Singapore: English, Mandarin Chinese, Bahasa Melayu (Malay) and Tamil. The Creative Commons License allows the materials to be freely shared with attribution, for any non-commercial purpose, and allows adaptation into other languages.

SESAME Research Tools

What a Scary Storm! Wordless Picture Book
👉For eliciting naturalistic speech in any language during during storytelling

Sesame Picture Cards
👉for eliciting peripheral vowels

Sesame Talk Prompts
👉for eliciting 1 min of informal speech in different languages

Green Grass Park - Picture Description
👉for eliciting phonetic targets in Mandarin Chinese, Malay, Tamil and other languages

Spring-Village Picture Cards
👉for eliciting minimal pairs in Mandarin Chinese

The development of the SESAME Research Tools is supported by the following: Singapore's National Research Foundation, under the Science of Learning fund; Centre for Research and Development on Learning (CRADLE@NTU); Nanyang Technological University.

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Mar 29, 2022 - Spring-Village Picture Cards
Goh, Hannah L; Woon, Fei Ting; Styles, Suzy J, 2022, "Spring-Village Picture Cards for alveolar/retroflex minimal pairs in Mandarin Chinese", https://doi.org/10.21979/N9/PBUD6A, DR-NTU (Data), V1
Different varieties of Chinese spoken around the world are known to differ in the way they pronounce certain words. The Spring Village Picture Cards is a set of stimuli designed to depict words in Mandarin Chinese that differ only in a single phoneme (minimal pairs). 6 minimal pa...
Spring-Village Picture Cards(Nanyang Technological University)
Mar 29, 2022
The Spring Village Picture Cards are a set of illustrated cards representing words Mandarin Chinese. The words make minimal pairs which are matched for tone, and contrast in one speech segment, as illustrated by the word pair 村 'village' and 春 'spring' (Hanyu Pinyin: cūn, chūn; I...
Apr 7, 2021
Styles, Suzy J; binte Amran, Shaza; Ang, Xin Wen; Mohd Salleh, Nur Sakinah; Woon, Fei Ting; Yogarrajah, Eshwaaree C, 2021, "SESAME Topic Prompts", https://doi.org/10.21979/N9/07GFI2, DR-NTU (Data), V1
Topic prompts for eliciting speech in different languages. The cards were designed to around one minute of informal speech in the official languages of Singapore: English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. The topic prompts were first piloted in 2019, and rolled out for elicitation task...
Apr 7, 2021
Styles, Suzy J; Woon, Fei Ting; Mohd Salleh, Nur Sakinah; binte Amran, Shaza; Yogarrajah, Eshwaaree C, 2021, "SESAME Picture Cards", https://doi.org/10.21979/N9/BI71GY, DR-NTU (Data), V1
Picture Cards for eliciting speech in different languages. The pictures were designed to elicit the syllables /pi/ /pa/ and /pu/ in the word onset position in the official languages of Singapore: English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. The picture cards were first piloted in 2019, an...
Jul 28, 2020 - Green Grass Park
Pan, Lei; Fong, Seraphina; Sundaray, Shamala; Yogarrajah, Eshwaaree; Styles, Suzy J, 2020, "Green Grass Park (Tamil) - A SESAME Research Tool", https://doi.org/10.21979/N9/T4XNLX, DR-NTU (Data), V1, UNF:6:LP+d/ejj1Ry48MAhBvZ7lQ== [fileUNF]
In the domain of speech elicitation, it is well understood that participants speak differently when producing different kinds of speech. In particular, speakers tend to use more ‘standard’ pronunciations when reading individual words in isolation, as compared to reading words wit...
Jul 28, 2020 - Green Grass Park
Pan, Lei; Fong, Seraphina; Sundaray, Shamala; Salleh, Nur Sakinah; Binte Amran, Shaza; Styles, Suzy J, 2020, "Green Grass Park (Malay) - A SESAME Research Tool", https://doi.org/10.21979/N9/AYBX7A, DR-NTU (Data), V1, UNF:6:kGpQHr6Lp99N55sTptuOzw== [fileUNF]
In the domain of speech elicitation, it is well understood that participants speak differently when producing different kinds of speech. In particular, speakers tend to use more ‘standard’ pronunciations when reading individual words in isolation, as compared to reading words wit...
Green Grass Park (Nanyang Technological University)
Jul 28, 2020
In the domain of speech elicitation, speakers tend to use more ‘standard’ pronunciations when reading individual words in isolation, as compared to reading words within the context of a sentence, or talking freely off-the-cuff (Labov, 1966). When speakers have a complex task to a...
Jul 28, 2020 - Green Grass Park
Pan, Lei; Fong, Seraphina; Styles, Suzy J, 2020, "Green Grass Park (Mandarin Chinese) - A SESAME Research Tool", https://doi.org/10.21979/N9/S6Q4SP, DR-NTU (Data), V1, UNF:6:yo2rNom2IDIjZX1A8MA87A== [fileUNF]
In the domain of speech elicitation, it is well understood that participants speak differently when producing different kinds of speech. In particular, speakers tend to use more ‘standard’ pronunciations when reading individual words in isolation, as compared to reading words wit...
Jul 28, 2020 - Green Grass Park
Pan, Lei; Fong, Seraphina; Styles, Suzy J, 2020, "Green Grass Park - Picture Description", https://doi.org/10.21979/N9/W3HFGJ, DR-NTU (Data), V1
In the domain of speech elicitation, it is well understood that participants speak differently when producing different kinds of speech. In particular, speakers tend to use more ‘standard’ pronunciations when reading individual words in isolation, as compared to reading words wit...
Mar 27, 2020
Styles, Suzy J, 2020, "Little Orangutan: What a Scary Storm!", https://doi.org/10.21979/N9/MJMFXV, DR-NTU (Data), V1
Styles, SJ (2020) 'Little Orangutan: What a Scary Storm! A Picture Story'. Part of the SESAME collection of research tools: Speech Elicitation for Spectral Analysis in a Multilingual Environment, developed by the BLIP Lab at NTU in Singapore. "This picture story has no written wo...
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