CHILDES English Brent/Siskind Corpus

CHILDES English Brent/Siskind Corpus

Michael Brent
Department of Computer Science
Washington University

Jeffrey M. Siskind
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University


Participants: 17
Type of Study: naturalistic
Location: USA
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/T5MG74

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This corpus includes about 100 hours of recordings from English-speaking mothers of preverbal children. All of the transcripts are completely linked to the audio. Recordings and transcripts are available for 16 mother-child pairs. 8 of these were recruited without regard to the education level of the mother but, as it turned out, all had at least a bachelor's degree. Subsequently, 9 more mother-child pairs were recruited with the requirement that the mother must not have completed more than 2 years of college. The education levels of each of the subjects can be viewed by clicking here. 6 of the 8 lower-education subjects completed all or almost all of the sessions, but the remaining 2 provided only about 7 usable sessions each. The audio data for M1 are not yet transcribed.

Each mother-infant pair was recorded in their home during approximately 14 sessions lasting 1.5 to 2 hours each. Sessions were separated by approximately 2 weeks during the period when the child was between 9 and 15 months old. The mother and child were left alone during the recording session. The middle 75 minutes of each session were extracted, digitized, and transcribed. Some details of the methods can be found in our paper.

ID Mother's Ed BirthID Mother's EdBirth
c1 MS 3/28/96 s1 BA 6/9/96
d1 BS 2/11/96 s2 BA 10/13/95
f1 BS 3/7/96 s3 AA 6/10/99
f2 2 yr college 6/6/99 t1 1 yr college 2/18/00
i1 unknown 6/1/96 v1 BA 5/28/96
j1 2 yr college 6/29/99 v2 high school 11/10/99
m2 high school 7/29/99 w1 BA 7/27/95
q1 1yr college 7/10/99 w3 2 yr college 5/25/99