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LING 452 Research Methods and Data Sources for Acquisition of Syntax

This is a companion guide to the Library research session for Dr. Martina Wiltschko’s LING 452 (Acquisition of Syntax) class, Winter Term 1, 2018.


The CHILDES (Child Language Data Exchange System) database contains transcripts and media data (audio and video files) collected from conversations with children. It is part of larger system called TalkBank. TalkBank is a system for sharing and studying conversational interactions; it is the largest open repository of data on spoken language.

The workshop notes for this section of the LING 452 library research workshop are over at my Introduction to CHILDES wiki .