The mission of TalkBank is to provide access to shared transcribed recordings of
naturalistic spoken language interactions. By fulfilling this mission, TalkBank serves to advance our
understanding of the many complex features of human communication, as well as the ways in which it is
learned, processed, and changed over time. TalkBank also provides resources for researchers and clinicians seeking to
understand and evaluate language disorders. These goals are supported by both the wider scientific community
and funding agencies. This mission statement has been included in requests for funding across a period of 28 years
and has been repeatedly supported by both NIH and NSF.