Check tags '#' as error in speaker tier

DavidES d.eddy.spicer at
Sat Nov 22 13:57:36 UTC 2008

I've returned to using CLAN and re-analyzing transcripts after a two-
year hiatus. I downloaded the most recent version of CLAN (win) and
installed it according to directions. I then ran check on several
files and found that check was tagging the unfilled pause symbol (#)
as an error. I tried the same on the sample file, 'kid10.cha', with
the same result (see below).

I then looked into the following as possible causes--
1) Check that 'lib' directory was set correctly and that 'depfile.cut'
was in that directory? Yes.
2) Check for unicode font? Yes. the system has Arial Unicode MS, which
is the default font for CLAN.
3) Test on other systems and/or system language preferences? Yes. I've
installed CLAN from the CHILDES website on three different machines,
two of which are running Vista (all recent patches installed) and the
third of which is running an updated version of XP. One Vista and the
XP had system language preference set as English UK and one Vista had
English US. Switching systems and system language preference all
resulted in the same outcome with check.
4) As a workaround, I also tried out creating an exception for '#' in
the main line by putting this in a 00depadd.cut file but it appears
that this is no longer supported from the documentation.

I have a hunch it's something fairly straightforward, but I'm out of
ideas. I'm sure such a fault would have appeared on this list if it
were happening frequently to others. Advice and suggestions would be
greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Leonid and Brian, for continuing to develop CLAN.

Best wishes,


[N.B. The pound sign, '#', is underlined in the speaker tier below.]

> check -d1 @
Dep-file being used: "C:\Program Files\CLAN\lib\depfile.cut"
check -d1 @
Sat Nov 22 12:14:56 2008
check (21-Nov-2008) is conducting analyses on:
  ALL speaker tiers
    and those speakers' ALL dependent tiers
  and ALL header tiers
>From file <c:\PROGRAM FILES\CLAN\lib\samples\kid10.cha>
First pass DONE.
*** File "c:\PROGRAM FILES\CLAN\lib\samples\kid10.cha": line 646.
*MOT:	an(d) this is a # &f fish .
Symbol is not declared in the depfile(s).(11)

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