[Tshwanelex-l] sending sample to a 3rd party; configuring sorting

Claire Bowern claire.bowern at yale.edu
Wed Aug 1 07:43:38 EDT 2012

The only problem with using relative directories like ./Sounds is that
they are platform-specific (because of / on mac/unix vs \ on pc).

On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 1:57 AM, David Joffe <david.joffe at tshwanedje.com> wrote:
> Hi Menan,
> On 17 Jul 2012 at 8:19, Menan Du Plessis wrote:
>> Hi everyone.
>> I need to send a sample soon to the people who run the electronic
>> archive (ELAR, at SOAS) where our material will be deposited. (Am
>> working on an extremely endangered language, with essentially one last
>> speaker, who is 100 years old.) So my first urgent question is:
>> Q: How do I organize my sound files plus the dictionary so that my
>> recipient will be able to click on the icon and hear the recorded
>> examples I have linked to my entries? Is there a way to put them both
>> into one folder, and then specify the directory in a neutral way, i.e.
>> that doesn't include a drive on my own computer as part of the address?
> If I understand correctly (not sure I have) - then yes, I think so.
> You can either by default place them 'in the same folder as the
> tldict file', and it will by default look for them there (unless my
> memory is serving me wrong now) - or you can place them in a
> specified folder *relative* to the tldict file, that can be
> configured in 'Dictionary/Properties', e.g. if you specify in that
> field:
> ./Sounds
> then place them in a subdirectory 'Sounds' relative to the tldict
> file, it should just work once you add them.
> Note in terms of adding many files, you might be interested in the
> 'automatically link sound files' feature under the Tools menu
> (though it's not the most user-friendly yet - I can help show you
> how to get it working). If you name your sound files systematically
> (e.g. lemmasign.wav or lemmasign.mp3 or lemmasign_homnum.mp3), then
> that can be used to automatically link thousands of sound files to
> their appropriate entries within seconds.
>> And my second urgent question is:
>> Q: How do I configure the sorting where digraphs, trigraphs (and
>> polygraphs) need to be accommodated on the first pass?
>> I know that David will soon be getting to me with advice on the second
>> question - and I do understand that everyone has been super busy getting
>> the 2012 version ready for release ... () - but in the mean time, it
>> occurs to me that this must be a pretty common need, so I'd like to put
>> it out there, in case anyone else has already worked out how to do this?
> We are working on this - soon, hopefully! Quite a few people asking
> for this now.
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Claire Bowern
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