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

Brian MacWhinney macw at cmu.edu
Tue Apr 18 00:20:28 EDT 2017


Yes, the problem is your use of periods.  CLAN considers the period to be a sentence delimiter.  I replaced them with a dash and then used the command
kwal +s"see-V-INFIN*"  +t%aut test.cha
There were no problems.  The example with one line changed is attached.  It should easy enough to fix these using a GREP command.

-Brian MacWhinney

From: 'Peredur Webb-Davies' via chibolts <chibolts at googlegroups.com>
Reply-To: "chibolts at googlegroups.com" <chibolts at googlegroups.com>
Date: Tuesday, 18 April 2017 at 10:26 AM
To: chibolts <chibolts at googlegroups.com>
Subject: Having difficulty using KWAL command to search for strings which involve periods

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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