CHILDES Workshop*

Location: Language Lab (2nd floor) in King George VI Building
Time/Date: 26th March 2009, 09:45 - 16:30


The overall purpose of the workshop is to provide practical, hands-on experience of the CHILDES database and its tools for researchers working in any field of language acquisition. In particular, we aim:-a)   to introduce researchers unfamiliar with CHILDES, but planning to do empirical work, to the basics of transcription and coding of new and existing material and to the tools available to analyse data;b)   to help researchers who have a basic knowledge of the database and programmes but need help in addressing specific research questions within CHILDES (e.g. use of part-of-speech tagger, searches on morphosyntactic lines, etc). 


The workshop will be led by Prof Florence Myles & Dr Annabelle David.  


 9.45-10.00 Welcome 

10.00-10.30 Session 1: Introduction to CHILDES - Presentation of the basics of the CHILDES website and tools: database, manuals and programmes. 

10.30-11.00 Tea & coffee 

11.00-12.30 Session 2:  Transcription system (CHAT) - Description of the transcription and coding systems and advice for researchers to customise their transcriptions to suit their research questions. 

12.30-1.30 Lunch break  

1.30-3.00 Session 3:  Analysis programmes (CLAN) - Presentation of the main analysis programmes available, including (but not limited to) the part-of-speech tagger (MOR).  

3.00-3.30 Tea & coffee 

3.30-4.30 Session 4:  Q&A session - Bring your own data, transcriptions, or problems. 


Registration for this workshop is free. Researchers and postgraduate students are welcome to attend the whole of the workshop or selected sessions. In addition, a number of travel bursaries for postgraduate students will be available.

For more information and to register for the workshop, please fill in the registration form and return it to Dr Annabelle David ( by Monday, 16th March

This workshop is held in conjunction with The 4th Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, 27th March 2009. For more information visit: .

* This workshop is funded by a Small Research Grant from the British Academy awarded to Prof Florence Myles

Published: 4th February 2009