This thoroughly revised 2nd edition includes documentation on a dozen new computer programs that have been added to the basic system for transcript analysis. The most important of these new programs is the CHILDES Text Editor (CED) which can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including editing non-Roman orthographies, systematically adding codes to transcripts, checking the files for correct use of CHAT, and linking the files to digitized audio and videotape.
In addition to information on the new computer programs, the manual documents changed the shape of the CHILDES/BIB system--given a major update in 1994--which now uses a new computer database system. The documentation for the CHILDES transcript database has been updated to include new information on old corpora and information on more than a dozen new corpora from many different languages. Finally, the system of CHAT notations for file transcript have been clarified to emphasize the ways in which the codes are used by particular CLAN programs. The new edition concludes with a discussion of new directions in transcript analysis and links between the CHILDES database and other developments in multimedia computing and global networking. It also includes complete references organized by research topic area for the more than 300 published articles that have made use of the CHILDES database and/or the CLAN programs.
LEA also distributes the CLAN programs and the complete CHILDES Database--including corpora from several languages and discourse situations--described in The CHILDES Project. Be sure to choose the correct platform (IBM or Macintosh) for the CLAN programs; the CHILDES Database CD-ROM runs on both platforms.