CHAT Main Line

The CHAT main line codes the basic transcription of what a speaker said. The main line includes both pronounced forms and markers. In CHAT the main line starts with an asterisk followed by the speaker ID, a colon and a tab; the remainder of the line is the orthographic transcription. More information about the CHAT main line can be found at https://talkbank.org/manuals/CHAT.html#_Toc486414395.

E.g.,

*CHI:   hello world!

In Phon, the main line is mapped to the Orthography tier. Each main line in a CHAT document cooresponds to a single record in a Phon session. Phon supports many of the same coding standards as CHAT. This document will outline many of the common codings as well as any differences from CHAT. See https://talkbank.org/manuals/CHAT.html#_Toc486414395 for complete documentation.

Special Form Markers

The following special form markers are available in Phon. For more information about special form markers see https://talkbank.org/manuals/CHAT.html#_Toc486414397.

Letters Category Example Meaning
@a addition xxx@a unintelligible
@b babbling abame@b
@c child-invented form gumma@c sticky
@d dialect form younz@d you
@e echolalia, repetition want@e more@e want more
@f family-specific form bunko@f broken
@fs filled-syllable uh@fs
@fp filled-pause xxx@fp
@g general special form gonga@g
@i interjection, interaction uhhuh@i
@k multiple letters ka@k Japanese “ka”
@l letter b@l letter 'b'
@n neologism broked@b broken
@si singing lalala@si singing
@sl signed language apple@sl apple
@sas sign & speech apple@sas apple
@t test word wut@t what
@u unibet transcription binga@u
@wp word play goobarumba@wp
@x excluded words stuff@x excluded
@z:* user-defined code word@z:rtfd any user code