The corpus is described in the publication that announced its release in 2006:

Cummins, F., Grimaldi, M., Leonard, T., and Simko, J. (2006). The CHAINS corpus: CHAracterizing INdividual Speakers. In Proc of SPECOM&rquo;06, pages 431-435, St Petersburg, RU. [pdf]

In subsequent work, we developed a novel featural representation of speech based on instantaneous frequencies. This representation is an alternative to conventional MFCC features, and has proved both effective and robust. The principal description of this work appeared in IEEE Trans. Spch. Aud. Lang., and work is ongoing in exploring the use of the new features in a variety of speaker identification scenarios.

Grimaldi, M. and Cummins, F. (2008). Speaker Identification Using Instantaneous Frequencies. IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, 16(6):1097-1111. [pdf]

One of the conditions under which people spoke in the corpus is known as "Synchronous Speech". This kind of speaking is of intrinsic interest to phoneticians and the study of motor control. Several publications have resulted in the analysis of this speech from the corpus, and the theoretical interpretation of the results.

Cummins, F. (2006). Measuring synchronization among speakers reading together. In Proc. ISCA Workshop on Experimental Linguistics, pages 105-108, Athens, GR. [pdf]

Cummins, F. (2007). Speech synchronization: Investigating the links between perception and action in speech production. In Proceedings of ICPhS 2007, Saarbruecken, DE. [pdf]

Cummins, F. (2008). Rhythm as entrainment: The case of synchronous speech. Journal of Phonetics. In Press. [pdf (pre-final version)]