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date: 18 January 2021

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Lexical information, especially frequency information regarding sound patterns, plays an important role in child phonology acquisition. It is desirable to have child language corpora that are very large and also present a great amount of phonological detail. This chapter describes data collection, transcription, and annotations of the Taiwanese Child Language Corpus. This corpus (in CHILDES format) is based on 330 hours of longitudinal recordings of spontaneous speech between fourteen Taiwanese children and their caretakers during a period of three years. The target language Taiwanese is a variety of Southern Min Chinese spoken in Taiwan. The corpus contains 1 646 503 word tokens in 497 426 lines (utterances). Computer programs developed for specific phonological analyses are also described briefly.

Keywords: child language, phonology, L1 acquisition, corpus linguistics, Southern Min Chinese, Taiwanese

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