Child Language Data Exchange System

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  • The Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES) was founded in 1984 by Brian MacWhinney (Carnegie Mellon University) and Catherine Snow (Harvard University) as an effort to bring together child language corpora and to make them publicly available for researchers. Since its inception, CHILDES has developed into a rich archive of corpora with speech data of many children and their interlocutors. Most corpora are available as written transcripts, but for a growing number of them, the audio or video recordings are also available. All the speech materials have been transcribed and coded in a uniform way, using specialized conventions (CHAT), and various software tools (e.g., CLAN) have been developed to assist the researcher in transcribing, coding, and analyzing data. In the last 30 years, CHILDES has ...

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