Producing time-aligned interlinear texts

Towards a SayMore–FLEx–ELAN workflow

Ryan Pennington

SIL PNG 20 March 2014


This document illustrates a workflow for the creation and organization of time-aligned annotations by utilizing the advantages of three software programs—SayMore, FLEx, and ELAN. Texts are segmented, transcribed, and translated using SayMore. After this basic annotation, the file is pulled into FLEx to allow for the incorporation of data from a FLEx-based lexicon. Next, the file is exported back into the SayMore file structure and then opened in ELAN for final processing. This final time-aligned interlinear text remains in SayMore for depositing alongside the entire corpus in a repository or archive. Since SayMore is not equipped to handle multiple speakers, however, many recorded texts will require a greater reliance on ELAN. Therefore, instructions for an ELAN-first methodology are  provided as well.

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