Szuman Corpus


Magdalena Smoczynska
Department of General Linguistics
Jagiellonian University

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Stefan Szuman (1889-1972)
Department of General Linguistics
Jagiellonian University

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Participants: 10
Type of Study: diary
Location: Poland
Media type: no longer available
DOI: doi:10.21415/T57S4P

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Citation information

Publications using these data should cite:

Smoczynska, M. (1985). The acquisition of Polish. The crosslinguistic study of language acquisition. D. I. Slobin. Hillsdale, N. J., Erlbaum: 595-686.

In accordance with TalkBank rules, any use of data from this corpus must be accompanied by at least one of the above references.

Project Description

These data were collected by Szuman and his students at the University of Krakow in the years following World War II. In most cases, the children were studied by their parents, many of whom were graduate students in developmental psychology, working with Szuman. In many cases, the public library of Krakow preserves additional materials on this project, including photographs, related treatises by Szuman, and examples of the children’s artwork. Magdalena Smoczynska computerized the Szuman notebooks and contributed her transcripts to CHILDES. The ages of the 10 children are given in the following table.

ChildBirthdateFirst SessionLast Session
Basia12-DEC-19521;57;9
Inka-0;10.07;7
Jadzia-4;1.05;1.0
Janeczek-4;2.07;3.0
Jas’3-JUL-19470;11.06;6.0
Kasia17-DEC-19571;3.03;11.0
Krzys’14-MAR-19432;0.03;0.0
Michal19-JAN-19492;0.06;8.0
Piotrus’22-FEB-19432;0.132;9.0
Tenia16-APR-19551;5.02;0