From the The Rosetta Project home page:
The Rosetta Project is pleased to announce the Parallel Speech Corpus Project, a year-long volunteer-based effort to collect parallel recordings in languages representing at least 95% of the world's speakers. The resulting corpus will include audio recordings in hundreds of languages of the same set of texts, each accompanied by a transcription. This will provide a platform for creating new educational and preservation-oriented tools as well as technologies that may one day allow artificial systems to comprehend, translate, and generate them.
The home page also mentions that "the project is made possible through the support and sponsorship of speech technology expert James Baker and will be developed in partnership with his ALLOW initiative."
Mr. Baker was the founder, CEO and Chairman of Dragon Systems Inc., when they introduced Dragon NaturallySpeaking, the first general purpose automatic dictation system, in 1997.
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