Transcription decisions

Amber ambalashes at gmail.com
Tue Jun 16 16:18:59 UTC 2015


The manual probably does not need fixing - I probably just need to drink 
more coffee. Many thanks for your help. 
Amber 


On Tuesday, 16 June 2015 17:15:07 UTC+1, Brian MacWhinney wrote:
>
>
> On Jun 16, 2015, at 12:07 PM, Amber <ambal... at gmail.com <javascript:>> 
> wrote:
>
> Hello all, 
>
> I'm studying the manuals and some existing transcripts as I learn to 
> transcribe in CLAN, and I have some questions... I want to do some basic 
> annotation of events such as the child turning a page or pointing at a 
> picture (not necessarily accompanied by talk). Judging by the manuals it 
> seems I can either transcribe an event like this as a turn, as in (1), or I 
> can do on a dependent tier, as in (2)
>  
> (1) *CHI: 0 [&=turns:page]
>
>
> No need for the 0,  you should just use
>
> *CHI: &=turns:page .
>
> Which section of the manual suggests use of 0?  I need to fix that.
>
>
> (2) *CHI: 0
> %com: [&=points:picture]
>
>
> I would not use this latter format.  Which section of the manual 
> recommends this.  I need to fix that.
>
>
> Does it matter which of these formats I use? 
>
>
> You should use the format 
>
> *CHI: &=turns:page.
>
> And will it affect my later analyses of MLU etc (i.e., is an event counted 
> as a turn but not an utterance if there is no accompanying talk indicated 
> by the "0”)? 
>
>
> Material beginning with & is not counted as a word, but it is counted as a 
> turn.
>
> Finally, if both participants are pointing at the pictures simultaneously, 
> would this go on a %com dependent tier?
>
>
> If you want to encode that fact, you could note it on the %com line.  
>
> —Brian MacWhinney
>
>
> Many thanks for your help. 
> Amber 
>
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