Get the SpiCE corpus


SpiCE is available through the UBC Research Data Collection via Scholars Portal Dataverse. You can access SpiCE from the button below.

SpiCE is freely available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. That means you can use, copy, share, and adapt it, as long as you don't release your adaptation with additional restrictions, and you cite the corpus.


As stated on the home page, we prefer that you cite the corpus directly:

    author = {Johnson, Khia A.},
    publisher = {Scholars Portal Dataverse},
    title = {{SpiCE: Speech in Cantonese and English}},
    UNF = {UNF:6:c6HNIwwpBuQOA349cyCu7w==},
    year = {2021},
    version = {V1},
    doi = {10.5683/SP2/MJOXP3},
    url = {}

But if you can't do that, then you can also cite the following paper:

    title = {SpiCE: A new open-access corpus of conversational bilingual speech in Cantonese and English},
    author = {Johnson, Khia A. and Babel, Molly and Fong, Ivan and Yiu, Nancy},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference},
    month = may,
    year = {2020},
    address = {Marseille, France},
    publisher = {European Language Resources Association},
    url = {},
    pages = {4089--4095},
    language = {English},
    ISBN = {979-10-95546-34-4},

What's in the download?

The download comes with:

  • A ` file (this will give the full rundown)
  • Tabular language background information
  • PDF copy of the language background questionnaire
  • Files used in and produced by the forced alignment process
  • A copy of this documentation (as it was on the release date)
  • 2 languages x 34 talkers = 68 .wav files (stereo, 16-bit, 44.1 kHz)
  • 2 languages x 34 talkers = 68 .TextGrid files (each with 4 tiers: task, utterance, word, phone)

The .wav and .TextGrid files have a consitent format. For example, VF21A_Cantonese2_20200131 would correspond to the following:

Text What it means Other categories
VF Female VF = Male
21 Age varies 19-34
Cantonese Language English
2 Interview order 1
20200231 Date in YYYYMMDD varies

Unique participant IDs are made up of the first five characters. In this example, that would be VF21A. This ID is used in the language background summary.


The corpus was developed in accordance with the University of British Columbia Behavioural Research Ethics Board (H18-02017).


SpiCE was funded by University of British Columbia Public Scholars Initiative and Arts Graduate Research Awards to Khia A. Johnson, and by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant to Molly Babel.