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By instructing the speaker to solve a certain task (either together with one or more human dialog partner(s) or with a `virtual machine' in a WOZ experiment) the contents of a speech corpus can be reduced to a few hundred words without the problem that speakers feel restricted by the situation. Again the instruction of the speakers more or less defines the size of the resulting vocabulary.

Typical tasks in speech data collections might be

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