I have been using pympi (http://dopefishh.github.io/pympi/Elan.html) to write python code to automatically generate annotation boxes below the transcriptions, and gloss each word using a digital dictionary which we have produced. This worked fine until we started filling in the free translations. After doing this, saving and closing the file, the file will no longer open. Looking at the log and the .eaf in a text editor revealed that both time_slot_ref1 and time_slot_ref2 have been changed to the empty string, for all annotations. I was able to reproduce this problem when I regenerated the glosses and then tried to alter the file in ELAN.
Has anyone experienced this behavior before? I have one theory - the pympi code I wrote may have produced some overlapping annotations on the same tier. Could this be the source of the problem? If this matters, I’m on the ubuntu version.
Thanks in advance