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


*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. See for complete documentation.