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Transcription Questions

  • Transcribing the word "Wait" at the beginning of an utterance.

    I am working with adolescent language transcription. The adolescents are giving each other directions. I have the following: C Yeah two by two blue brick. {yeah is an acknowledgment of a previous statement, not a yes/no response to a question, so is part of the same utterance} At this point C discovers an error in building. Should the transcription be: C Wait not brick. Or C Wait. C Not brick. It seems to me that "Wait" possesses the you understood subject, so it is a separate utterance. On the other hand, would such an interjection be treated like the word Okay at the beginning of the utterance (as in file SI_06_EXPO.SLT: Okay so football...).

  • Marking Possessive "It's"

    When transcribing possessive 'its' (e.g. into its jar) do you transcribe as it/z or leave as is?

  • Do contraction errors count as two?

    There's many frogs.

    There's[EW:there] *are many frogs. (?)

  • Converting Multiple Doc files into Slt files

    Is there a way to simultaneously convert a large batch of doc files into slt files?

  • transcribing utterances with "going to"

    C And then you’re gonna take the gray piece and put it right next to the black piece.


    C And then you're gonna take the gray piece. C And put it right next to the black piece.

    My thought is that the actual verb is "are going" and that the subject is "you", and so the phrases beginning with "to take" and "to put" describe what you are going to do. Therefore it is one utterance.

    However, when I attempted diagramming the sentence online, the program I used revealed "are going to take" as the first verb and "put" as a second verb making is a compound subject. Therefore, "put" is understood as "you put" and it becomes two utterances.

    My question is which is correct for SALT transcription?

  • Repeated verbs

    How should I transcribe something like:C He looked and looked and looked for his shoes. ?He look/ed and looked_and_looked|look/ed for his shoes.ORHe look/ed and Look/ed_and_look/ed|look/ed for his shoes.?My intuition is that since we are using the "|" character to identify "|look/ed," we don't need to slash the individual words in the repeated portion, but I wanted to check into be sure.Thanks so much!

  • transcribing songs

    We are transcribing play sessions between caregivers and children. How are songs transcribed?

    For example, the parent started singing, "This is the way that (child) digs, (child) digs, (child) digs" when he was diggining in sand.

    Thanks so much.

    Posted by Melissa Moore

  • transcribing utterances that begin with yes/no

    When should an utterance that begins with an affirmative or negative be divided into two utterances, and when should it be transcribed as one? I understand the basic rules for segmenting into C-units an example like:

    "E Is that the Spanish teacher? C No. C that/'s my Science teacher."  (SALT example)

    But, I am transcribing adolescent language. In the sample of language between three adolescents building a model together, I have:

    C It might be gray. B Yeah, it might be darker gray.

    Or should it be:

    B yeah. B it might be darker gray.

    There is no significant pause between the "yeah" and the rest of the utterance, so I am thinking they should be one utterance.

    Posted by Karen Karner

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