This week concluded the How Does Language Work? session of Ling Camp. For background and the first week, see: summary of Week 1.
Day 6 - Ambiguity and Processing
We looked at various types of ambiguity and what they tell us about language:
All the linguistic things, all the time. Well, a lot of them, daily.
Wordbank is a new database of children’s language. From the description:
Wordbank archives data from the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventory (MB-CDI), a family of parent-report questionnaires. The Wordbank database enables researchers to recover data filtered by source, age, gender, word, and a host of other variables, enabling simple export of plain-text data for further analysis.
Wordbank also include a number of reports based on recent research on children’s vocabulary: see how children’s vocabulary grows and changes across early childhood.
We hope that by pooling detailed word-learning data across labs, we can create a database of unprecedented size that will lead to new insights about the shape of vocabulary development in early childhood.
You can also use the word cloud feature to generate what are quite possibly the most adorable wordclouds ever. I mean, look at this. D’awwww.
I assume the forms like nghtnght or quackqck are standardized short forms driven by character limits, rather than typos, but perhaps someone who knows the database or this questionnaire would like to confirm that?
See also CHILDES, a long-established database of transcripts of child language.