TalkBank is a multilingual corpus established in 2002 and currently directed and maintained by Brian MacWhinney. The goal of TalkBank is to foster fundamental research in the study of human and animal communication. It contains sample databases from within several subfields of communication, including first language acquisition, second language acquisition, conversation analysis, classroom discourse, and aphasic language. It uses these databases to advance the development of standards and tools for creating, sharing, searching, and commenting upon primary linguistic materials via networked computers.[1][2][3]

TalkBank contains CHILDES (Child Language Data Exchange System), a corpus of first language acquisition data. It also hosts the CLAN (Computerized Language ANalysis)[4] software used to transcribe, handle and play media, in the CHAT format.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "From CHILDES to TalkBank". Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Linguistic Annotation". Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  3. ^ "TalkBank: Multimedia Database of Communicative Interactions". Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  4. ^ Brian MacWhinney. "Tools for Analyzing Talk, Part 2: The CLAN Program" (PDF). Retrieved 2022-08-24. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Using CLAN". Retrieved 23 November 2021.