CHILDES French-English Watkins Corpus

Charles Watkins
Université de Paris XIII

Participants: 6
Type of Study: naturalistic
Location: Paris
Media type: no longer available
DOI: doi:10.21415/T5RS3Z

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This corpus was collated and scripted for a doctoral thesis in English Linguistics at the Université de Paris XIII entitled “The acquisition of deixis in English by children brought up in a bilingual environment.” The focus of the reasearch is theoretical linguistics rather than psycholinguistics. The corpus is made up of scripted conversations in a naturalistic setting (often family videos not initially intended for research purposes) involving six children from three families over a range of ages between 1;9 to 7;2. The participants are all simultaneously bilingual, being exposed to both French and English from birth. The corpus contains some 1400 child utterances in 72 CHAT files, each file corresponding to an uninterrupted sequence of dialogue. The folder named Christophe includes the two other children in that family: Pauline and Stephanie. The folder named Olivier includes his sister Annick. The folder called Jeremy is for just the one child in that family.