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Problem with controlled vocabulary

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July 7, 2014 at 13:16 #9633



I created a template and have been working with it for the past week including all the tiers, linguistic types and controlled vocabulary. However, when I’ve come to use it today, although the tiers and linguistic types are still set up, the controlled vocabulary list has disappeared. The only thing I did with ELAN this morning before attempting to work with it, was move the template to my desktop and download the exe file of the new version (not fully installed yet as I don’t have administrator rights). Is there any way to retrieve the controlled vocabulary? Why would moving the file mean this is lost? This may be a problem when I arrange for reliability testing to be carried out.

Thank you for your help in advance!

July 11, 2014 at 19:10 #9646


I guess you ran into a recent change in controlled vocabularies introduced in ELAN 4.7.0. As a result of that change controlled vocabularies saved in 4.7 are “empty” when opened in 4.6.x. So, it is best to work on the files in the same ELAN version on all machines you have in use. So either 4.6.2 everywhere or 4.7.2 everywhere.
If you by accident saved the file in 4.6.x with the empty vocabularies, you can re-import them via Edit->Edit Controlled Vocabularies… and then the Import button. Select the template you started out with.

Hopefully this helps?


April 17, 2015 at 13:47 #10244


Dear Han,

I seem to have a similar problem. If I open my student’s files the vocabularies are blank. What’s even more problematic, is that I cannot import the vocabularies (they remain blank) and I have to put all the labels in the vocabularies manually. My students don’t have this problem. Both my students and I use ELAN 4.8.1 (though the files have originally been made in an older version). I hope you can help me in solving this problem, because it is a real hassle to create all the vocabularies over and over again for each of the participants.


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