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Fillers Ann Peters has constructed the first data-based illustration of a concept in language acquisition theory. Her examples illustrate the child's use of fillers in both pre- and proto-morphology. She has also contributed an article explaining fillers in greater detail
Jean Berko Gleason has contributed digital scans of the originals of her famous wug pictures. Her article on morphological generalization describes the study. These pictures may be used for any scientific purpose, but cannot be used in any commercial product. Here is a sample wug picture, some wug aficionados, and some more, and here is the full set of 27 jpeg files.

Berko, J. (1958). The child's learning of English morphology. Word, 14, 150-177.

Snapshots Audio Examples of child utterances at seven ages from 3 to 36 months.
Louis XIII The first baby diary was produced by the personal physician to Louis XIII.
Shuly Wintner's daughter singing a nursery school song after six weeks of learning English. The text is, "Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall. One named Peter; one named Paul. Fly away Peter, fly away Paul. Come back Peter, come back Paul." Beautiful prosodically and gesturally, although the segmental phonology is not yet there.
English Frog Stories

English Frog Story transcripts collected by Dan Slobin in their original format.


A website that was active until 2010 and which is now archived.

If you have ideas and material for illustrations of additional topics, please contact Brian MacWhinney (macw@cmu.edu).