The goal of the TBDBr package is to provide easy access to TalkBankDB through an R API.
TalkBank (www.talkbank.org) is a vast collection of audio and video recordings across more than 50 languages linked to richly annotated transcriptions. The goal of TalkBank is to foster fundamental research in the study of human communication with an emphasis on spoken communication. The collection includes repositories in 14 research areas, including language development, adult conversation, multilingualism, and disorders which affect communication. These collections are freely available to support the research of human language and communication. TalkBank has been funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health since 1999.
TalkBankDB (www.talkbank.org/DB) is a database and set of tools for exploring TalkBank’s media and transcripts, specify data to be extracted, and pass these data on to statistical programs for further analysis. The TBDBr package (TalkBankDataBase - r) provides easy access to all information within TalkBankDB, including clinical collections. Clinical Banks are password protected. Visit www.talkbank.org to learn about gaining access to these collections.
You can install the released version of talkbank from GitHub with:
TBDBr allows access to data from TalkBankDB through several functions. For example, to get a table of utterances from a particular transcript in the childes/Eng-NA/MacWhinney collection:
example_utterances <- getUtterances(corpusName = 'childes', corpora = c('childes', 'Eng-NA', 'MacWhinney', '010411a')); #>  "Fetching data, please wait..." #>  "Success!" example_utterances[10:14,] #> filename path uid who role postcodes #> 10 010411a childes/Eng-NA/MacWhinney/010411a 9 CHI Target_Child NULL #> 11 010411a childes/Eng-NA/MacWhinney/010411a 10 FAT Father NULL #> 12 010411a childes/Eng-NA/MacWhinney/010411a 11 CHI Target_Child NULL #> 13 010411a childes/Eng-NA/MacWhinney/010411a 12 FAT Father NULL #> 14 010411a childes/Eng-NA/MacWhinney/010411a 13 CHI Target_Child NULL #> gems utterance startTime endTime #> 10 NULL what's that 33.398 33.714 #> 11 NULL taperecorder over there 33.714 34.884 #> 12 NULL hm 34.884 35.999 #> 13 NULL do you have some nice little things to say to it 35.999 37.818 #> 14 NULL hi 37.818 38.394
The available functions for accessing different data sets are below. The arguments for each function are documented, which can be accessed by typing ?functionName (e.g. ?getTranscriots()).
Because the options for each talkbank collection and function vary, the getLegalValues() function can help determine the possible options. getLegalValues() will interactively return options available at each level of the database.
For troubleshooting, an additional function, validPath(), will return whether a given path is valid.
If the path is not valid, it will return which level of the query is incorrect
To access clinical collections, use the argument auth = TRUE. A pop-up will ask you to select the clinical bank you are trying to access and to enter the correct username and password for that database
aphasia_transcrips <- getTranscripts(corpusName = 'aphasia', corpora = c('aphasia', 'English', 'Aphasia', 'Adler'), auth = TRUE);
More examples are located here