Having difficulty using KWAL command to search for strings which involve periods

'Peredur Webb-Davies' via chibolts chibolts at googlegroups.com
Mon Apr 17 22:26:58 EDT 2017


Hi,

I'm trying to analyse our corpus of Welsh linguistic data which has been 
coded using CHAT. The corpus has multiple secondary tiers, and one of them 
is called %aut ('autoglossed tier') , which details word-by-word 
morphological glossing for each item in the main tier.

I want to use the KWAL command in CLAN to find certain items in the %aut 
tier, namely (at the moment) to find pronouns. The aim is to then extract 
the data from the relevant main tier, so that I have collated all tokens of 
that pronoun from a given set of data. These pronouns have been glossed in 
%aut in the format e.g. your.ADJ.POSS.2S for a 2nd person singular pronoun. 
My assumption was that a command such as the following would find all items 
matching the search string in the %aut tier in (e.g.) the file called 
davies2ag.cha:

kwal +t%aut +syour.ADJ.POSS.2S davies1ag.cha

However, this gives no results - even though I know there are instances of 
this token in that transcript. If you search for just +syour , for example, 
it finds those results (but cannot disambiguate between 2nd singular and 
plural forms, among other issues). I assume the problem is presence of the 
periods/full stops in the %aut tier. 

I have tried using "" around the search string, I have tried to replace the 
stops with * and _ and ^_^, and I have also tried using COMBO instead of 
KWAL, but nothing helps. It says no items found. 

I assume that there is an obvious answer that my very limited knowledge of 
coding is keeping from me, but if anyone can assist I would be hugely 
grateful!

I can supply more details as required.

Many thanks,

Peredur Webb-Davies

PS For info, here is a weblink to an example of a transcript, to show how 
it has been glossed etc.: http://bangortalk.org.uk/chats/siarad/davies2.cha 

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