Convert older CHAT files

Brian MacWhinney macw at
Thu Dec 6 17:48:38 UTC 2007

Dear Anne-Christin,
       One other point I forgot to mention.  If you contribute your
corpus to CHILDES, then I will assume responsibility for the updating
of these various codes.  This is one of the important reasons to
encourage people to contribute their corpora to CHILDES, apart from
the general value of sharing data with other researchers in order to
promote the development of the field.

--Brian MacWhinney

On Dec 6, 2007, at 11:29 AM, Anne-Christin Tannhäuser wrote:

> Hello. I'm trying to analyze CHAT files that were coded in 1999. I
> downloaded the latest version of CLAN and "check" listed a large
> amount of syntax error due to the tightening of CHAT some time ago. Is
> there an efficient way to convert all my files (320) into the new
> format, especially concerning the headers so that I can use statfreq.
> An associated issue is: The CLAN manual says that there is supposed to
> be a command called ID which generates @ID headers, but I can not find
> it in the command list. What can I do?
> Thank you in advance,
> Anne-Christin

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