Carnegie Mellon University


Spoken Interfaces and Dialogue Processing

By Brian MacWhinney

TalkBank is an interdisciplinary project designed to create an openly available database for recording and transcribing spoken language interactions. It comprises a series of topic-specific databases for particular research areas. These areas include classroom discourse, aphasia, conversation analysis, Supreme Court, bilingualism, second language learning, dementia, child languages and five other more specific topic areas. All materials in TalkBank databases are transcribed in the CHAT format, as specified by the CHAT XML, and media are linked to transcripts on the sentence level.