CHILDES French Pauline Corpus

Isabelle Maillochon
Laboratoire Structures Formelles du Langage
CNRS Paris 8


Dominique Bassano
Laboratoire Cognition & Développement
Paris 5


Participants: 1
Type of Study: case study
Location: France
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/T5VS3W

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The directory contains a longitudinal corpus from a girl learning French. Isabelle Maillochon collected the corpus, under the direction of Dominique Bassano, Laboratoire Cognition & Développement, CNRS – Université Paris 5. The corpus donated to CHILDES consists of 33 transcribed sessions, recorded between the ages of 1;2 (14 months) and 2;6 (30 months). Sabine Laaha and Christian Champaud did the final checking of the corpus for CHILDES.

The child, Pauline, was the youngest of four children in a middle-class family living in Rouen. She was generally audio- or video-recorded twice a month, at home, during everyday activities such as eating, playing, washing, dressing, etc., in unstructured interactive sessions with her family. Long uninterrupted parts of each recorded session were selected for transcription so as to obtain a variety of situations and a sufficient and representative number of productions and utterances. To qualify as an utterance, a production had to be a prosodic and meaningful unit that included at least one element resembling a French word in form and meaning. MLU (in words) was calculated for samples of 60 utterances per transcribed session, using a ‘net version’ (removing incomprehensible and tentative words).

Some common child forms in this corpus include some marked with @c such as ta@c = donne, tin@c = tiens, dane@c = donne, eutonne@c = je donne, eu@f = arrive, am@c = arrive, eun@f = c'est, toutou@f = train, a@f = arrive. Other forms not marked with @c or @f include eu = la, leeum = une, veux, ma = moi, mm/na/nanan/nian = non, ii = oui, ala = voilà, bebi = bébé, zozo = d l'eau, dor = dur, kakou = coucou, est = c'est.