TalkBank Advanced Getting Started

Advanced User Getting Started Guide

  1. Install either the Macintosh or Windows Unicode versions of CLAN.
  2. Install the fixed-width Unicode CAfont. Having a fixed width font helps with the alignment of overlap marks in CA.
  3. Work through the tutorial for the CLAN editor given in Chapter 3 of the CLAN Manual. Users who are good at finding their way around computer interfaces can skip this step, at least initially.
  4. Look at the summary of shortcuts for entering CA codes in CLAN.
  5. Review the mappings between CHAT-CA and traditional CA.
  6. Download the sample CA files which include a transcript called "" and the audio file which is called "MyTheory.aif". This sample has been contributed by Tim Koschmann and was published in Discourse Processes in 1999. TalkBank includes a video for this interaction, but downloading the full video file can be slow, so we are providing this example in MP3 sound format.
  7. Here is an explanation of what you will see and some editor functions to test out:
    • Each speaker name comes after the line number
    • The bullets are hooks to the audio.
    • By typing escape-A, you will toggle the "hide bullets" mode. Try this.
    • Whether or not the bullet fields are hidden, you can play the audio by placing your cursor just before the first bullet and pressing the apple or control key while clicking the mouse.
    • Under the Mode menu you can find keys for automatic entry of headers for each speaker in the file.
    • The keys you need for entering special CA codes are summarized in the codes list.
    • To learn how to link the transcript to audio, consult the audio guide
    • To learn how to link the transcript to video, consult the video guide
    • Learn to use the CHECK function by typing escape-L. If you want to avoid having to use the most detailed CHAT features, include "heritage" in your @Languages line.