[RNLD] More help with ELAN

Andrea L. Berez andrea.berez at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 2 04:47:29 UTC 2012

Hi Aidan,

Yes. If you want those child tiers to be time-alignable to the exact words
on the recording too, create a linguistic type with the stereotype "Time

If you don't need the child tiers to be time-alignable to exact words on
the recording, create a linguistic type with the stereotype "Symbolic

Note that both of these types will completely fill the timeline of the
parent annotations, meaning that you can't have a child tier with some
"empty" time underneath the parent annotation. If that's something you want
-- a child tier with possible time gaps under the parent annotation (say if
you were only creating a special tier for pulling out one of the languages
into its own tier, but not both) -- then you should create a linguistic
type with the stereotype of "Included In".

Hope this helps,

Andrea L. Berez
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Director, Kaipuleohone UH Digital Ethnographic Archive
Technology editor, *Language Documentation & Conservation*

On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM, Aidan Wilson <aidan.wilson at unimelb.edu.au>wrote:

> Hey folks,
> I have yet another question regarding ELAN. I'm trying to annotate my
> recordings for langauge, as the recordings contain a mix of two languages,
> and tagging utterances for whether they're in language x or y is going to
> be very important. The problem is that most of the time, a single utterance
> will contain elements from either language. So without splitting my current
> annotations, I need to figure out a way of having a child tier segment an
> annotation within the segment that the parent tier has. I don't know if
> this makes sense, so here's an example of what I want:
>  [ngiya abim basic card arra]
>> [I     have basic card that]
>> [T   ][E             ][T   ]
> Is this possible with the different linguistic types and stereotypes
> available?
> Cheers,
> --
> Aidan Wilson
> School of Languages and Linguistics
> The University of Melbourne
> +61428 458 969
> aidan.wilson at unimelb.edu.au
> @aidanbwilson
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