Annotate example. Here's an Annotate panel. The two
major annotation steps have been implemented:
assign group tags (a, b, c, ...) to
identify groups of possible cognates, and
align words using Indels (/). We'll get
to Ignores (.) later.
The results of the first step are in the Tag
column; the results of the second are in the Aligned column.
tags in the Annotate panel.
Groups. Every datum in the entry must have a tag.
Forms with the same tag are comparable with each other in your
judgment; forms with different tags are not.
The Tag column shows three groups of possible
cognates, indicated by "B," "a," and
"b". The forms tagged with
"B" are similar enough to each other to have
possibly come from the same form at an earlier stage, even though
they're not all identical. The same holds for the "a"
forms and the "b" forms. But a common original for more
than one of the groups is unlikely.
Alignment. The third "b" form is missing
the final glottal stop that the other "b" forms have, so
its place is filled by putting in an Indel symbol ("/", a
coinage from "INsertion or DELetion, we don't know which
yet"). The third "B" form has a glottal stop in the
middle that the first two do not share, so they are annotated with
an Indel in their third position.
Everything else -- the abbreviations, short names, and the
actual consonants and vowels of the data -- are all carried over
from the Data panel. You never have to type them again once they've
The other annotation operations,
identifying metatheses and adding comments, are explained in detail
in Wordcorr Help, accessible from Wordcorr's main menu.