We expect that researchers will contribute corpora constructed with TalkBank programs and tools. It is the obligation of TalkBank to assure that these contributions are properly acknowledged and that the data are correctly stored and distributed.

To contribute a new data set:

  1. First, please send an email message to me (Brian MacWhinney) at macw@cmu.edu advising me about your contribution.
  2. Combine your transcript data and documentation into a single archive file using ZIP, TAR, or StuffIt formats (.zip, .tar, .sit) and send it to me as an email attachment.
  3. Big media files should be transferred to this web page.
  4. Once this is done, please send me another email message saying that the transfer is complete.
  5. Finally, please print out this contribution form and complete and sign it. Then mail or email it to Brian MacWhinney, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.

Guidelines for corpus documentation are given in section 4.5 of the CHAT manual.

Researchers interested in guidelines for creating a new longitudinal corpus may find this page of suggestions useful.