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Anchoring a tier hierarchy on a time-aligned tier

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February 1, 2018 at 17:04 #11869


I have one tier of time-aligned utterances (segmented manually), and have imported a hierarchy of (glossed, translated, etc.) from another source which are not time-aligned. I was wondering if it were possible to ‘anchor’ this new tier hierarchy on the time-aligned segments.
As a background, the number of segments in the new tier hierarchy corresponds exactly to the number of time-aligned segments.
Further, I have tried to assign the time-aligned tier as a new parent of the highest tier of the non time-aligned tier hierarchy, but utterances do not seem to line up (e.g. the first time-aligned segment may end up corresponding to the seventh new segment; a series of three or more new segments may be lost between, say, time-aligned segment 3 and 4).
Any sort of quick work-around to get these tiers lining up would save possibly weeks of work.
Thanks in advance!

February 5, 2018 at 16:51 #11874


I don’t think there is any function in ELAN that links annotations to a new parent based on the same index in the list of annotations.
I’m not quite sure if I understand the situation correctly; you mention an imported tier hierarchy which you call not time aligned, but after import at least one tier in that hierarchy must be time aligned?

Anyway, the only possible shortcut I can think of is if you could import your original file into a new empty ELAN file and then would have exactly one tier with time aligned annotations (with, as you mentioned, the exact same number of annotations as in the manually aligned file). Then it might be possible to copy the time information on the XML level (outside of ELAN).
Would it be possible to create such a file?


March 11, 2018 at 21:31 #12077


Dear Han,
Thanks for your suggestion! With a few weeks of work (and a colleague who knows quite a bit about XML), my issue has been resolved.

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