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Coding verb agreement errors

Coding verb agreement errors

Published at: 2015-10-08

Can we use the /* convention for Spanish verb conjugation errors? For example, a child who uses the third person singular as a default might say, "El niño y perro buscaba por todas partes." Could I transcribe it, "El niño y el perro buscaba/*n por todas partes," or is my only option to use the EW code and transcribe it as "El niño y el perro buscaba[EW:buscaban] por todas partes."? The error seems akin to the English example "go/*3s," but I believe that "n" is not a morpheme. Thanks!


  1. For the samples in the Bilingual Spanish databases built into SALT, we transcribed these errors using the [EW] code. I would argue that the morphemes attached to the root "busc" are "aba" and "aban", and that therefore adding the "/*n" wouldn’t fix the morpheme issue. I could see that there could be an argument for "aba" as the past tense morpheme, with either the null morpheme, "s", or "n" added to the end to create the full conjugation. With this logic, adding the "/*n" would fix the problem, but would be inconsistent with how we code morphological errors in Spanish in general and not be the best fix in my opinion. Taken from a reply by: Alicia Schaefer Spanish Transcriber SALT Transcription Services

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