CHILDES Mandarin Zhou Dinner-talk Corpus

Jing Zhou
East China Normal University


Participants: 34, 37
Type of Study: naturalistic
Location: China
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/T5709N

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Li, Hongmei & Zhou, Jing (2015). Study on Dinner Table Talk of Preschool Children Family in Shanghai. Master’s Thesis. East China Normal University. Shanghai, China. 李红梅 & 周兢. (2015). 上海市学前儿童家庭晚餐谈话研究. 硕士学位论文. 华东师范大学.

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Project Description

This study included 72 targeted children with 36 5-year-olds (middle) and 35 6-year-olds. Children’s SES was divided into high SES(43) group and low SES group(29). However, the data on SES is no longer available. All the children came from Shanghai. 49 were local children, and 23 had just moved in to Shanghai. Children from all the families used Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) or their own dialects during the dinner talk. The average time of dinner conversation was 18.5 minutes. There were three videotapes for each child in order to get the best one for the sake of research convenience. If you have any questions, please contact Yibin Zhang as coordinator of Zhou Corpus via email at


Yibin Zhang reformatted this corpus into accord with current (2020) versions of CHAT.