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Name of Collaboratory :

 

Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES)

 
 

URL :

  http://childes.psy.cmu.edu/  
 

Collaboratory Status :

 
Operational   Start Date : 1984 End Date : Info Last Updated : Sun, Dec 5 2010 6:01am PST
 
 

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Data Systems  
 

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

   
 

Domain(s) :

  BIOLOGICAL/AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES >Psychology >Developmental and Child Psychology  
 

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :

 

The Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES) is a corpus established in 1984 by Brian MacWhinney and Catherine Snow to serve as a central repository for first language acquisition data. Its earliest transcripts date from the 1960s, and it now has contents (transcripts, audio, and video) in over 20 languages from 130 different corpora, all of which are publicly available worldwide. Recently, CHILDES has been made into a component of the larger corpus TalkBank, which also includes language data from aphasics, second language acquisition, conversation analysis, and classroom language learning.

During the early 1990s, as computational resources capable of easily manipulating the data volumes found in CHILDES became commonly available, there was a significant increase in the number of studies of child language acquisition that made use of it. To date, over 3000 published studies cite CHILDES.

CHILDES is currently directed and maintained by Brian MacWhinney at Carnegie Mellon University.

 
 

Access to Instruments :

  The Website gives access to programs, manuals, fonts, morphologies, CA conventions, video production guides, XML Schema, links to other programs.  
 

Access to Information Resources :

  The Website gives access to programs, manuals, fonts, morphologies, CA conventions, video production guides, XML Schema, links to other programs. Data can be either downloaded or played back over the web.
 
 

Access to People as Resources :

   
 

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

 
United States Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
 
 
 

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:

 
 
 
Organizations with Funded Participants:
 
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
   Department of Psychology (CMU)
2
Harvard University
1
 
TOTAL PARTICIPANTS:
3
 

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
3000 members, 400 active contributors, 130 corpora

   
     
 
 

Communications Technology Used :

  They have a google group that members can access to communicate with each other.  
 

Technical Capabilities :

   
  Key Articles :    
 

Project-reported performance data :

  To date, over 3200 published studies cite CHILDES.  
 
         
    
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