CHILDES Russian-German ZAS-MAIN Corpus

Natalia Gagarina

Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)


Participants: 51
Type of Study: storytelling
Location: Germany
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/B3P1-DS07

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Gagarina, N. (2016). Narratives of Russian–German preschool and primary school bilinguals: Rasskaz and Erzaehlung. Applied Psycholinguistics, 37(1), 91-122.

Gagarina, N., Klop, D., Kunnari, S., Tantele, K., Välimaa, T., Balčiūnienė, I., Bohnacker, U. & Walters, J. (2015). Assessment of narrative abilities in bilingual children. In S. Armon- Lotem, J. de Jong & N. Meir (Ed.), Language Impairment Testing in Multilingual Settings (pp. 241–274). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Gagarina, N., Klop, D., Kunnari, S., Tantele, K., Välimaa, T., Bohnacker, U. & Walters, J. (2019). MAIN: Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives. Revised version. ZAS Papers in Linguistics (ZASPiL 63). Berlin: Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS).

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Project Description

Data was collected using Russian and German version of MAIN: Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives. MAIN is part of LITMUS Language Impairment Testing in Multilingual Settings. LITMUS is a battery of tests which was being developed as a result of COST Action IS0804 Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society: Linguistic Patterns and the Road to Assessment. From 2012 to 2016, the long-term BIVEM study was conducted, involving more than 100 bilingual children from over 20 Berlin daycare centers. The children's language of origin was Russian. Protocol for data collection and pictorial material are available at the MAIN homepage. The completion of this corpus could not have been possible without the participation and assistance of many people that helped with the data collection and transcription.


The data was prepared with the support of the BIVEM team in Berlin. In the final phase, Alyona Sternharz and Nathalie Topaj, among others, edited the data and prepared it for upload. Wenchun Yang helped with the final preparation of the files.