The MUTABLE corpus

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The MUTABLE corpus: videos of real-life audio description and blind-sighted interaction


The MUTABLE corpus entails over 30 hours of video collected from authentic audio description work processes. The videos have been recorded in Austria, Finland and Germany in 2016-2017. The data collection was funded by Emil Öhmann Foundation at the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, Academy of Finland, and Translation Studies research community at University of Helsinki.

The videos show the work and interaction of audio description teams as they draft and rehearse an audio description script. The teams consist of either 2 (one blind + one sighted) or 3 (1 blind + 2 sighted) participants. The material that is being described varies: there are feature films for cinema and television, and a life style program for television. The languages spoken are Finnish and German.

The corpus is owned by Maija Hirvonen and the MUTABLE project. Most data in the corpus will be stored in the Language Bank of Finland, from where it can be requested for use under the restricted license “CLARIN RES”. In the meantime, please contact the owner – Maija (dot) Hirvonen (at) Helsinki (dot) fi – if you are interested in the corpus.

These black-and-white drawings illustrate the situations that have been documented: