Researchers who use TalkBank data and programs are asked to abide by these rules:
All articles using TalkBank corpora should cite the references
for those corpora as listed in the documentation manuals. For example, papers making use of
the Brown corpus in CHILDES would include this citation: Brown, R. (1973) A first language: the early stages.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press. This is crucial!
For grant reporting purposes, we need to track usage in published papers through scholar.google.com. To permit this,
please also include a citation of one of these four general database references:
articles based on the use of the CHILDES database should cite: MacWhinney, B. (2000).
The CHILDES Project: Tools for analyzing talk. Third Edition. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
articles based on the use of the AphasiaBank database should cite: MacWhinney, B., Fromm, D.,
Forbes, M. & Holland, A. (2011). AphasiaBank: Methods for studying discourse. Aphasiology, 25,1286-1307.
articles based on the use of the PhonBank database should cite: Rose, Y., & MacWhinney, B. (2014).
The PhonBank Project: Data and software-assistend methods for the study of phonology and phonological development.
In J. Durand, U. Gut & G. Kristoffersen (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of corpus phonology (pp. 380-401).
Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
articles based on the use of the DementiaBank database (Pitt corpus) should cite: Becker, J. T., Boiler, F., Lopez, O. L., Saxton, J., & McGonigle, K. L. (1994). The natural history of Alzheimer's disease: description of study cohort and accuracy of diagnosis. Archives of Neurology, 51(6), 585-594.
articles based on the use of other TalkBank databases, such as SLABank or CABank, should cite:
MacWhinney, B. (2007). The TalkBank Project.
In J. C. Beal, K. P. Corrigan & H. L. Moisl (Eds.), Creating and Digitizing Language Corpora:
Synchronic Databases, Vol.1.(pp. 163-180). Houndmills: Palgrave-Macmillan.
If your research relies on more than six corpora from any given database, you do not need to cite each corpus and can
just refer to the overall database.
The NIH requires that all investigators funded by the NIH submit to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts. Manuscripts using data from NIH-funded projects should also be submitted. Detailed instructions are available at this NIH Public Access Policy site.
Except where otherwise indicated, the use of TalkBank data is governed by the
Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.
You must read and follow the TalkBank
Code of Ethics. which deals with issues of respect for participants and contributors and maintenance of confidentiality.
You should become a member of the TalkBank system by contacting
Brian MacWhinney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and sending him your academic affiliation, postal address, and
email address. Also, please describe how you plan to use the data
and whether you will eventually be able to make your own contribution
to the database.
We maintain separate membership lists and datasets by interest groups.
So, when joining, please select your major
area of interest from these options:
Conversation and Discourse
If at all possible, we would like to encourage you to subscribe to one or more of the TalkBank
GoogleGroups mailing lists. You can find information on how to subscribe here.
Please read the relevant sections of the documentation manual for the data you use.
These sections describe important aspects of the data that may impact on conclusions based on them.
If you collect new corpora, please contribute them to TalkBank or CHILDES and urge your
colleagues to contribute new corpora. This is key to the growth of the database.
Faculty members who abide by the above rules are welcome to use the programs and the non-password-protected database
freely in their classes and teaching. The programs and data can be freely installed on university computer systems for
free use by students, as long as the responsible faculty person is a member of the CHILDES or TalkBank user groups.
Because they were student projects, the files in the /Conversation/CMU directory can be used for teaching purposes,
but not for research purposes.
Data from AphasiaBank may be used for both research and teaching by AphasiaBank members.
Any use by non-members must be supervised by a member.
The other password-protected files in talkbank.org/data/password and childes.talkbank.org/data/password
cannot be used without explicit permission from the contributor(s).
Access to password-protected data in HomeBank is tightly restricted. For details on how to gain
permission to use these data, consult this page .