CHILDES Spanish AguadoOrea/Pine Corpus

Javier Aguado Orea
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Sheffield Hallam University


Julian Pine
Institute of Psychology, Health and Society
University of Liverpool


Participants: 2
Type of Study: naturalistic, longitudinal
Location: Spain
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/T50897

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Aguado-Orea, J., & Pine, J. M. (2015). Comparing different models of the development of verb inflection in early child Spanish. PloS one, 10(3), e0119613.

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Project Description

The corpus consists of naturalistic data recorded by children’s parents without the presence of an investigator. Sessions were video-recorded in the home using a digital camcorder with a small tripod. Informants gave informed consent for the use of their data. The parents were given some basic recording guidelines (e.g. avoid noisy backgrounds and try to record ‘varied’ and ‘interactive’ situations), but were told that the main aim of the study was to collect as large and as ‘natural’ a sample of their child’s spontaneous speech as possible. Juan and Lucía’s parents typically recorded 2 or 3 sessions per week, with each session lasting between 20 and 40 minutes (M = 29 minutes for Juan and M = 29 minutes for Lucía). The resulting corpora included 1930 minutes for Juan (61 minutes per week on average) and 1387 minutes for Lucía (68 minutes per week on average).

Children’s imitations and self-repetitions were labelled, as were utterances containing unclear or unintelligible segments. Songs, stories and routines were also labelled. Both Juan and Lucía were first-born children, who had lived in the Madrid area of Spain since birth. Juan was 1;10.21 and Lucía was 2;2.25 when the recordings began. The children’s parents were middle class professionals. The only language used by the parents was Spanish. Lucía was taught some English words at nursery, mainly colour names.


The collection of the Aguado-Orea and Pine corpus was funded by the University of Nottingham between October 2000 and September 2003, as part of the research carried out by Javier Aguado-Orea towards his PhD, supervised by Julian Pine.

Mary MacWhinney reformatted this corpus into accord with current versions of CHAT.

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Authors intending to use the AguadoOreaPine corpus are asked to send a notification message to both Julian Pine and Javier Aguado-Orea.