2.3.2. Creating tier types

Every tier is assigned to a tier type. The tier type specifies the stereotypical constraints (and, as a consequence, whether or not the tiers are time-alignable).

Information about the relationship between tiers is given in two different places: for each individual tier it is given in the Add tier dialog window (see Section 2.4.1), and for all tiers belonging to one tier type it is given in the Add type window (this section), i.e.:

To create a tier type, do the following:

  1. Click on the Type menu.

  2. Either go to Add New tier type…. In the latter case, click on the tier type that you want to change when the Add dialog window appears:

Add a tier type

Figure 2.6. Add a tier type

  1. Enter a label for the new type

  2. Select the stereotypical constraint:

    • None

    • Time Subdivision

    • Included In

    • Subsymbolic Subdivision

    • Symbolic Association

  3. Associate the new type with a Lexicon Service and Lexicon Entry Field via this option

  4. Associate the new type with an ISO Data Category via this option

  5. Ignore this option


Enter the following information:

  1. Go to Type name. Enter/change the name for the type.

  2. Go to Stereotype. Select the stereotypical constraint relevant to its tiers (see Section 2.1).

  3. Optionally select a controlled vocabulary (see Section 2.6.7).

After you have selected a stereotypical constraint, ELAN automatically enters the correct value next to the box Time-alignable.

Click Add to save the settings; otherwise click Close to exit the window without saving them.