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Annotate example. Here's an Annotate panel. The two major annotation steps have been implemented:

  1. assign group tags (a, b, c, ...) to identify groups of possible cognates, and

  2. 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.

Annotate three groups in one entry to tabulate correspondence sets

Group 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 been entered.

The other annotation operations, identifying metatheses and adding comments, are explained in detail in Wordcorr Help, accessible from Wordcorr's main menu.

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