You may be right that children's English is not itself the best input for children learning English, but CHILDES includes many transcripts from in-depth longitudinal studies of acquisition, and these include both what the children say, and what is said to them. Indeed, in many transcripts the majority of words spoken come from adults and are directed to children. There is also a great deal of research based on this data showing that the words and grammatical constructions which children learn are in many (but not all) respects highly correlated with the frequency with these occur in the spoken input that the children hear. So, CHILDES might be more relevant than you think.
2011/3/10 Nathan Hu <nathan3dvrlab at gmail.com>
> Dear Grzegorz,
> Thank you for your help.
> However, the children's English is different from English for
> children. Children's English does not easily to learn.
> 2011/3/10 Grzegorz Chrupała <gchrupala at lsv.uni-saarland.de>
> Dear Nathan,
>> The CHILDES database contains transcript of conversations between
>> young children and their playmates and caretakers in a number of
>> languages: http://childes.psy.cmu.edu/data/ . It is spoken rather than
>> written language but may still suit your needs.
>> On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 23:31, Nathan Hu <nathan3dvrlab at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Hi All,
>> > In my research, I believe the automated learning system need to start
>> > simple text like human child.
>> > Where can I find a large simple English corpus such as stories for
>> > Thank you.
>> > Nathan
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