TalkBank CLAN

CLAN - Not for OS X 10.15
V 18-Sep-2020 11:00
V 18-Sep-2020 11:00
V 18-Sep-2020 11:00

For Windows:

CLANWin works with Windows 7, 8.x, and 10. Windows installation involves clicking on the installation file and following the directions given by InstallShield. If you have an older version of CLAN on your machine, InstallShield will overwrite it with the newer version. By default, CLAN uses the Arial Unicode MS font, if it available. If not, it will use the Arial font.

For Macintosh:

CLAN will not work on OS X Catalina 10.15.

If you need to use CLAN on OS X Catalina 10.15. We cannot say when a version of CLAN that works with Catalina will be available.

If you installed Catalina and still want to use CLAN, you have these options.

1. Shift to using CLAN on Windows.

2. Reinstall Mojave. This is a complicated process, but Apple Support can help or you can follow the instructions at

3. Install Mojave under VMWare Fusion or Parallels and then run CLAN in that virtual machine.

4. Check with Brian MacWhinney ( regarding possible use of the new version of CLAN for Catalina. This version lacks many features. However, it may be a good solution, depending on the nature of your work. During installation of this version, the Catalina operating system sends a warning about "malicious software" which you should ignore. However, you will need to go into System_Preferences/Security_and_Privacy/General to click to allow installation. many features. However, it may be a good solution, depending on the nature of your work.

CLAN is for Mac OS X users from 10.6 to 10.14.

By default, CLAN uses the Arial Unicode MS font.

Unix Installation:

For Unix users, we are distributing the source code for CLAN. This code is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. UnixCLAN only provides the analysis commands of CLAN in the Unix environment. We have not yet constructed a Unix version of the CLAN editor.

A Brief Description:

The CLAN Programs are downloaded, installed, and used as a single application. Functionally, however, CLAN has two parts. The first part is the CLAN editor which can be used to edit files in either CHAT or CA (Conversation Analysis) format. The editor also provides a wide range of additional functions, such as audio and video playback, linkage to audio and video, fonts for Roman and non-Roman orthographies, data validation, adding codes to files, and shipping data to other programs. The second part of CLAN is the set of data analysis programs. These programs are run from a separate window called the Commands window. The results of the analytic programs are sent to the CLAN Output window.

Learning CLAN:

To learn how to use CLAN, you should focus on the tutorial chapters in the CLAN manual.

You can also learn by watching the screencasts for various CLAN functions.

CAfont be found here.

Old versions of CLAN can be found here.

Warning: After installing a new version of CLAN for use with old data, you will need to get a new version of the MOR grammar by running the "Get MOR Grammar" option under the "File" menu. You should then run MOR, POST, and CHECK again on your old data to make sure they work with the newer format. Alternatively, you may wish continue using old versions of CLAN with old versions of corpora. CHILDES data on the web are continually updated to run with current versions of CLAN and MOR.

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