C H I L D E S Windows Unicode

You can now enter and analyze Unicode CHAT files with CLAN on Windows (98, NT, 2000, XP). To do this, you need to do this:

  • Install a recent copy of CLAN.
  • Install one or more Unicode fonts in Library/Fonts/. See below for suggested Unicode fonts.
  • Open a new file. If you have installed ArialUnicode, it will be selected as the default font. If you want to use some other Unicode font instead, then you can pull down the "Fonts" menu and select the font you wish to use.
  • If you need to work with older non-UTF CHAT files, you can convert them to UTF format using CLAN's CP2UTF program.
Suggested Unicode Fonts:
  • A good all-around Unicode font is Arial Unicode, which comes with Office Professional. Windows users often have a free copy of Arial Unicode available on their Microsoft Office Professional CD as a custom install option (Add Features, Office Tools, International Support).You can also purchase Arial Unicode from www.fontmarketplace.com for $29.95. Make sure you purchase Arial Unicode and not just Arial.
  • You can also use the freeware CERG Chinese Font which also provides Roman characters along with many other symbols. For other Asian languages, Unicode fonts come pre-installed. For languages with Roman alphabets, you can also use the free CharisSIL proportional-width fonts designed specifically for IPA characters.
  • CA analysts will need to use a fixed-width or monospace font in order to get proper alignment of overlaps and drawls. The best solution here is the Ascender Uni Duo font which can be purchased from www.fontmarketplace.com for $29.95. For researchers who cannot afford this, we provide our own fixed-width Unicode CAfont, in accord with distribution permitted by Bitstream.

It is also possible to enter IPA into Unicode CHAT files on Windows. To do this, you should install the Tavultesoft Keyman program and the IPA Unicode keyboard developed by Martin Hosken at the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL). The SIL IPAUnicode keyboard, Keyman, and instructions are in this package. Here are a few comments about this system and its installation.

  1. After installing Keyman and setting up Icelandic for Office and Windows, remember to restart.
  2. After restarting, you can open a new CLAN file. Then set your language to Icelandic and make sure that you have the curly "n" (engma) displayed on the KeyMan icon in your System Tray. Make sure you make these settings after opening your CLAN file. To test the installation, just type a few letters followed by the equals sign, such as f= and s= You should see that, after typing the equals sign (=) the previous character converts to IPA.
  3. To learn the full keyboard system, you need to rely on the IPA table in the release notes. To read this table, note that each symbol has the keystrokes to its left. For example, t{ produces the dental t, n< produces engma and so forth.