Accessing the 'CHILDES' Database

Tools for connecting to 'CHILDES', an open repository for transcripts of parent-child interaction. For more information on the underlying data, see <>.

The childesr package allows you to access data in the childes-db from R. This removes the need to write complex SQL queries in order to get the information you want from the database. This vignette shows some examples of how to use the data loading functions and what the resulting data look like.

Install childesr from this GitHub repository:

# install.packages("devtools")


To get a hands on walk-through on how to use childesr to access childes-db, check out this tutorial.

Other relevant GitHub repositories


  • compatibility with dbplyr 1.4.0

Reference manual

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0.1.1 by Mika Braginsky, a month ago

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Authors: Mika Braginsky [aut, cre] , Alessandro Sanchez [aut, ctb] , Daniel Yurovsky [aut] , Kyle MacDonald [ctb] , Stephan Meylan [ctb]

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

GPL-3 license

Imports DBI, dbplyr, dplyr, jsonlite, magrittr, purrr, RMySQL

Suggests knitr, rmarkdown, curl

See at CRAN