TalkBank The TalkBank System

TalkBank is a project organized by Brian MacWhinney at Carnegie Mellon University with the support and cooperation of hundreds of contributors and dozens of collaborators.  The goal of TalkBank is to foster fundamental research in the study of human communication with an emphasis on spoken communication. Currently, TalkBank provides repositories in 14 research areas, as represented by the links on this page. Data in TalkBank have been contributed by hundreds of researchers working in over 34 languages internationally who are committed to principles of open data-sharing.  These data are used by thousands of researchers resulting in many thousands of published articles. Data in TalkBank use a consistent XML-compatible representation called CHAT which facilitates automatic analysis and searching, using open-source and free programs we have developed.

Conversation Banks

CABank

SamtaleBank

ClassBank

Child Language Banks

CHILDES

PhonBank

HomeBank

Multilingualism Banks

Second Language Tutors

BilingBank

SLABank

Clinical Banks

DementiaBank

RHDBank

TBIBank

TalkBank was funded from 1999 to 2004 by a grant from the National Science Foundation (BCS-998009, KDI, SBE) to Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Subsequent funding came from an NSF ITR Grant 0324883 to CMU and Stanford for classroom video databases, an NSF grant for Supreme Court oral arguments, and an NSF grant to the PIttsburgh Science of Learning Center for SLA work.

Current funding is from:

TalkBank is coordinated by Brian MacWhinney (CMU).


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