TalkBank CLARIN Knowledge Centre

The TalkBank Project at Carnegie Mellon University has been established as a CLARIN-K Knowledge Centre for Language Learning Analysis (CLARIN-Learn). We seek to provide resources, methods, and advice to assist researchers interested in using corpora to study language learning, recovery, and processing. We hope that, through this process, researchers will create new corpora and new ways of analyzing language. Our centre is happy to provide these services:

  1. We can provide advice on the use of the existing data sets in the various component corpora in TalkBank, including CHILDES, CABank, SLABank, SamtaleBank, AphasiaBank, BilingBank, HomeBank, PhonBank, FluencyBank, and others.
  2. Because many of these corpora include transcripts linked to audio or video, we can also provide help on methods for multimedia and gesture analysis.
  3. We can provide pointers to relevant corpora outside of TalkBank, particularly including those at other CLARIN centres.
  4. We can provide methods for allowing researchers to contribute new data to any of the TalkBank archives.
  5. We can provide help in the use of analytic tools with a focus on use of the CLAN, Phon, Praat, ANNIS, and Elan programs. These tools all operate well on data from TalkBank.
  6. We can provide some limited help in the use of R and R scripts for corpus analysis.
  7. In collaboration with Yvan Rose at Memorial University, we can provide help regarding details of phonological analysis with PHON and its integration with Praat.
We can provide this help through email or Skype. Questions will be accepted in English, German, Spanish, Hungarian, or French will be accepted, with responses provided in English. We also maintain Google Groups lists for CHILDES, PhonBank, AphasiaBank, and the CLAN program that can help in the support and learning process.


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Full CLAN Manual

Short CLAN Manual

CHAT Manual

MOR Manual