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date: 09 July 2020

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This chapter provides a description of the software tools available through the PhonBank initiative within CHILDES for corpus-based research on phonological development as well as for data sharing. It begins by situating CHILDES and PhonBank within the larger TalkBank database project, and discussing issues affecting both the development of phonological corpora and the central question of data sharing. It then focuses more specifically on Phon, the software program developed within PhonBank to support the needs specific to research on phonetics, phonology, language acquisition and speech disorders. This description highlights the main corpus building and data compilation functions supported by Phon, for example concerning software-assisted IPA transcription and the systematic comparison of actual phonetic forms against their intended targets.

Keywords: database, software, phonology, phonetics, acquisition, development, IPA, transcription, analysis

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