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March 25, 2018 at 09:58 #12116


Hi all,

I’m looking at various multiverb constructions, such as converb, light verb and auxiliary constr.

Therefore, I want to extract all annotations, that have more than one morpheme labeled as “v” on the dependent ps-layer. The “v” can be seperated by max. 3 other morphemes (TAM, CV etc), but should both be dependent on the same annotation on the text level.
I tried this in the multi-layer search with 3 layers: text > mb > ps, which should be parent and child. The text level overlapping the mb level, which is fully aligned to the ps level. The distance between the two v restricted (N<3).
I put wild cards (.*) for both mb and text. Now if I fill out the fields for text in both colums I can only find v belonging to different parent annotations. If I fill out only one field on the text level, I get v belonging to the same annotation and v belonging to different ones.

How can I restrict the search results to those cases in which both v belong to the same annotation?

Thanks for your help.


March 26, 2018 at 10:56 #12117


Hi Judith, I don’t think this is possible in that search function; this is still on the wish list. Ideally it would be possible to let one search box on the “text” layer span two or three columns on the “mb” and “ps” layer, indicating that the annotations on the “ps” layer should have the same ancestor on the “text” layer.

This kind of constraints can maybe be specified in the single file search (Find – Search and Replace), depending on how important the order and distance of the annotations on the “ps” layer is. That search is a bit more flexible in the way constraints can be nested but the clear disadvantage is that you would have to execute the search query file by file.


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