The CHILDES System Standardized tests and experiments can teach us a great deal about language disorders, but they are not enough in themselves. Eventually, we need to look at the complex patterns of conversational interactions where “the rubber hits the road” and the child engages in normal language use. To do this, we ... World View
World View  |   February 01, 1996
The CHILDES System
 
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  • Brian MacWhinney
    Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Contact author: Brian MacWhinney, Department of Psychology, Baker Hall 342D, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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World View   |   February 01, 1996
The CHILDES System
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 1996, Vol. 5, 5-14. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0501.05
History: Received April 10, 1995 , Accepted October 25, 1995
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 1996, Vol. 5, 5-14. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0501.05
History: Received April 10, 1995; Accepted October 25, 1995
Standardized tests and experiments can teach us a great deal about language disorders, but they are not enough in themselves. Eventually, we need to look at the complex patterns of conversational interactions where “the rubber hits the road” and the child engages in normal language use. To do this, we need to observe, record, and analyze spontaneous language samples. However, the study of spontaneous language samples involves an enormous time commitment to data collection, transcription, and analysis. In this article, I will discuss a system that can facilitate the process of free speech analysis. This is the system of programs and codes developed by the Child Language Data Exchange System (or CHILDES) Project (Higginson & MacWhinney, 1990, 1994; MacWhinney, 1991a, 1991b, 1993, 1994a, 1994b, 1994c,1995; MacWhinney & Snow, 1985, 1990, 1992). This project has been directed by the author in collaboration with Catherine Snow of Harvard University and has been supported since 1984 by NSF, NIH, and the MacArthur Foundation.
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