Screenshot of ELAN
Screenshot of ELAN

I have used ELAN to…

* Make ASL videos as well as videos of other signed languages accessible (machine-readable)

* Transcribe ASL utterances in child acquisition data

* Analyze timing units of lexical signs

* Assign homework in my classes (explore depiction, identify phonological processes, apply different notation systems, etc.)

* Caption videos

I’ve given several ELAN workshops and have consulted with different projects on how they can use ELAN in their work. If you need some help getting started, here you go. This is meant to be a visual guide geared towards those doing research with signed languages. The ELAN manual developed by the ELAN creators at MPI is more exhaustive as well as kept updated.

Thanks to my work with SLAAASh, we have created an external controlled vocabulary that can be used with ELAN. See here to get started.