We expect that researchers will contribute corpora constructed with TalkBank programs and tools.
It is the obligation of TalkBank and TalkBank users to assure that these contributions are properly acknowledged and cited
and that the data are correctly stored and distributed.
To contribute a new data set:
First, please send an email message to me (Brian MacWhinney) at email@example.com describing your contribution.
For FluencyBank contributions, please write to both Brian MacWhinney and Nan Bernstein Ratner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please print out this contribution form and complete and sign it.
If you can scan it, then you can include it in the upload. Otherwise, you can send it to me through postal mail
to Brian MacWhinney, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.
Please make sure that your CHAT files pass CLAN's CHECK program. If your
data are not in CHAT or do not pass CHECK, they can still be contributed,
but we will need to work to bring them into CHAT format. HomeBank data are usually in LENA format and we can convert that
Please combine your transcripts and documentation files into a single .zip file and send that
file as an email attachment to email@example.com.
Documentation should include information for a web page, such as
this one .
You can use this template to create that HTML page. You just
need to replace the various XXX fields with the necessary information.
You may also wish to provide demographic metadata about each participant in your corpus.
Because audio and video files are usually too large to send through email, you will need to transfer them through WeTransfer, following these steps:
You will have to check a box saying that you agree to their terms and conditions. You will only have to do this once.
In the box on the left, enter firstname.lastname@example.org as "email to".
Enter your email as "your email" and add a message, if you wish.
Then click the "Plus" icon in the upper right.
Drag the files you wish to transfer into the "Add Your Files" window or click the plus to locate them.
Click the "Transfer" button and watch the transfer going through.
You can do other work on your computer during this time.
The WeTransferPlus facility then sends us an email advising us when the transfer is complete.
Please use only WeTransfer and not Dropbox, Box, or Google Drive for file transfer.
Once everything is in place, we will create a webpage for your corpus, along with a DOI number,
and we will announce the addition of the new corpus to the info-childes list or the AphasiaBank list.
If you need to cite your corpus, you can use the format in this example, as suggested by the APA manual:
Bernstein Ratner, Nan. (1988). Bernstein Ratner Corpus. (data file) Retrieved from https://childes.talkbank.org doi:10.21415/T5CC7X.
We are very thankful for the kindness and collegiality you are showing in contributing your hard-won data.
Guidelines for corpus documentation are given in section 4.5 of the
Researchers interested in guidelines for creating a new longitudinal corpus may find
this page of suggestions useful.