You probably won't be doing just one analysis. You may need to try
out two or more ways of looking at the same data in the collection.
Or you may be given an existing
collection by a colleague or a professor. If the analytical part
isn't completely worked out, your part may be to complete it and
defend what you did. Or you may start an analysis of your own from
scratch. Same data.
Multiple views. The
Wordcorr way of doing this gives you all the freedom you need. You
define as many views of the collection as you need, one for each
line of thought you are pursuing. Different views can even be
logically at loggerheads with each other.
Original view. Every
collection comes with one view called the "Original"
view. You can't delete it, but you don't have to do anything with
Here is the Views panel, squeezed
and trimmed to fit the Web page. You can see where to click on the
left for the Original view, which in this case contains data but no
annotations. The data came from two published sources, one of which
contained reconstructions by the author. I had typed the variety
information and the IPA
transcription of the data into the Original view.
Derived views. From the
Original view I clicked the Copy button. It asked me if I
wanted the copy to transfer the annotations from Original -- since
there were none, I asked for a copy without annotations.
I selected a threshold of
30% of the varieties, which with five varieties picks up
correspondence sets with data from any two or more. I filled in
other optional metadata.
For analysis I chose to leave out
the first author's reconstructions in order to try out my own. So,
using the arrow buttons in the lower part of the picture, I
transferred the five contemporary speech varieties out of the left
column where Copy left them. Then I arranged them in the order they
appeared in the original sources. That is how they appear in Data,
Annotate, and Tabulate. It is also the order in which segments
appear in every correspondence set in Refine. The author's
reconstructions don't show in this view because I didn't want them
to. They're still in the computer, and I can go to another view to
look at them.
At that point I was ready to start
Collections imported from WordSurv typically come in already
annotated. Wordcorr puts those annotations into the Original view.
If you think they're well done, you might want to copy the Original
view with annotations to a new working view, so as to keep the
changes that you might make separate from the original annotations.