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Two sentences, read by all speakers, were designed to bring out dialect variation: The remaining sentences were chosen to be phonetically rich, involving all phones (sounds) and a comprehensive range of diphones (phone bigrams).
For each of eight dialect regions, 50 male and female speakers having a range of ages and educational backgrounds each read ten carefully chosen sentences.
First, the corpus contains two layers of annotation, at the phonetic and orthographic levels.
In general, a text or speech corpus may be annotated at many different linguistic levels, including morphological, syntactic, and discourse levels.
TIMIT was developed by a consortium including Texas Instruments and MIT, from which it derives its name.
It was designed to provide data for the acquisition of acoustic-phonetic knowledge and to support the development and evaluation of automatic speech recognition systems.