Corpus-Based Methods

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  • Technological advances in audio-video digitalization, as well as archiving, coding, and automatically accessing computerized files, have greatly facilitated creation and analysis of large databases of naturalistic child language. A corpus of child language is a systematic collection of samples of child-adult and child-child interactions, often recorded from spontaneous conversations. With parental approval, researchers use sound recorders or video cameras to record children interacting in various natural situational contexts with their parents, other caregivers, or other children. Recordings can be made at home or in other contexts such as day care or kindergarten. The initial phase of data collection follows a laborious process whereby the linguistic information is rendered into an orthographic or a phonemic code transcription typically stored in machine-readable text files. Prosodic information is ...

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