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Before you can annotate an entry, the data have to be entered or imported, and you have to make sure you're in the view you want to be in.

Annotate. In order for Wordcorr to tabulate correspondence sets for you, you have to annotate at least one entry. Annotation is the bridge between the Data stage and the Tabulate stage. The Data stage is concerned with the raw data only. The Tabulate stage forms and organizes correspondence sets as part of your overall analysis. In between, you annotate the raw data so that Tabulate will know how you want the correspondence sets to be formed.

You may be working with a data collection that has been imported electronically and comes complete with annotations. Imports from other Wordcorr users and from WordSurv usually come in already annotated. They may therefore need little attention to annotation, provided you agree with the annotation. Collections imported from other sources such as spreadsheets, and all keyboarded data, need to be annotated before you can tabulate them.

One entry at a time. The most effective way to annotate is to do one entry at a time. If you have imported a collection and want to put your annotations into it, you already have the raw data; otherwise type in the data for the first entry. Then annotate the first entry.

Before you go on to the second entry, tabulate the first and refine the results. Then go on to the next. That way you'll always know where you are. You'll notice things you would have missed if you had made the mistake of annotating all the data before you tabulated them and refined the results.

Throughout the annotation process, prior annotation is no bar to making later changes. Even after annotations are made, they can always be changed -- though you have to unwind1 any tabulations you've already made for the specific groups whose annotation you change.

There are four parts to the Annotation process. All of the Annotate steps must be carried out for each group before the entry you are looking at can be tabulated. The steps are (in order):

  1. assign group tags to possible cognates,

  2. align words in each group using Indels and Ignores,

  3. identify metatheses, and

  4. add optional observations, now or any time later.

To see an example of annotation, click here.

When you have some data annotated, you can tabulate the correspondence sets.

1The Retabulate Group on the Refine panel returns a tag group to its untabulated state. Usually you change the annotations, then tabulate it again. The whole process is laid out in Wordcorr Help.

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