Comments should be kept in their original version with original
wording. Summaries are also possible, but it should be
recognizable whether the comment on hand is a summary version or the
original version. Beyond that it should
be apparent whether the comments have been collected systematically
(e.g. in form of a questionnaire) or coincidentally (e.g a
subject expressed something about the recording without being
asked explicitly). Often system errors have just been detected
by speakers' comments.
Comments should be kept with the distributed speech corpus so that they are accessible by prospective users. It is a good idea to keep them in a form (e.g. plain text files) that might be searched for keywords.
Most common are comments about the speaker/speakers behavior:
How does the speaker approach the `virtual machine'?Other comments might stem from the experimenter, the labeler, the post-processing or even an external validation group.
Has the subject shown emotions?
What exactly was the gesture?
Finally, all comments collected during corpus production may be a good source for the documentation of the speech corpus (see chapter ).