Compton & Pater Corpus


Joe Pater
Linguistics
UMass Amherst

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Participants: 4
Type of Study: naturalistic diary study
Location: USA
Media type: note cards only
DOI: doi:10.21415/T5WG7M

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Phon data

CHAT data

Citation information

Compton, Arthur J., & Mary Streeter. (1977). Child Phonology: Data Collection and Preliminary Analyses, in Papers and Reports on Child Language Development 13. Stanford University, Stanford, California.

Pater, Joe. (1997). Minimal Violation and Phonological Development. Language Acquisition, 6(3), 201-253.

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

A team, under the direction of A. J. Compton, in the 1970s originally collected these data. The method of data collection and some preliminary analyses, were presented in Compton & Streeter (1977). The project was undertaken to map out, as precisely as possible, the development of children’s sound systems. With this goal in mind, a diary method of data collection was chosen, with parents keep track of their children’s utterances by recording them in notebooks at least four days a week and scattered throughout the child’s waking hours, covering about four hours a day. The parents were speech pathologists and received additional training in the phonetic transcription of child speech prior to the study.

All of the children were learning American English as spoken in California. None of the children had any language or learning-related impairments.

Joe Pater prepared this corpus for PhonBank.

Participant NameAge RangeSessionsSex
Julia1;02.21 – 3;01.03380F
Sean1;01.25 – 3;02.20347M
Trevor0;8 – 3;01.08218M

Notes from the original corpus

Sean’s vocabulary between 1973-07-10 and 1973-07-13 (no specific date)

Vocabulary at 14 months
Sean353[bai] [bai][bye] [bye]
Sean354[bʌbʌ]button
Sean355[apu]food
Sean356[ʌwʌ]hello
Sean357[ʌp]up

Vocabulary at 15 months
Sean358[bebi]baby
Sean359[mami]mommy
Sean360[bʌ]brush
Sean361[dau]down
Sean362[dɪdi]Gypsy
Sean363[bʊ]book
Sean364[ai]eye
Sean365[oo]shoe
Sean366[dædi]daddy
Sean367[kækʊ]cracker

Vocabulary at 16 months
Sean368[badu]bottle
Sean369[buː]balloon
Sean370[puː]spoon
Sean371[hai]hi
Sean372[ba]ball
Sean373[pepʌ]paper
Sean374[ɡæɡi]glasses
Sean375[ba]bath
Sean376[bʊː]bird
Sean377[daɡi]doggy
Sean378[bʌ]bread