A somewhat comprehensive treatment of LaTeX for the purposes of linguistics and LSA in particular. Also, info on (some) LSA templates.


This website should provide a more or less comprehensive guide to LaTeX which is used in the LSA templates, namely:

While the templates do contain examples of bare essentials, they do not introduce readers to TeX and are primarily aimed at those already familiar with it. So, this website will hopefully cover the basics of most packages needed for classroom use (be it a syntax, semantics, phonology, or some other class requiring TeX) or for LSA templates. Note that TikZ is not discussed at length (only in conjunction with expex), and neither is BibLaTeX. The stress is on Overleaf (links to an external site), which is (pretty much without doubt) easier for beginners both to grasp and to use.

My hope is that the information given here and the ease of accessing Overleaf will encourage more people to use (La)TeX in their work.

Crucially, however, the usage of the templates given here is by no means restrictive: provided that the final submission fits the requirements given by PLSA/PDA/ELM, any means to get that result is perfectly fine.

Before you look at the pages below and the examples of implementation of the content covered here, please do consult a (very) concise Overleaf 30-minute introduction to LaTeX here.

  Page with brief intro and code with comments Overleaf link with clean code and compiled examples
1 Compiling (Overleaf, local)
2 Trees (qtree, forest, multidominance, lambda) link
3 Glosses and examples (expex) link
4 IPA (tipa, some notes on XeLaTeX/LuaLaTeX)
5 References (natbib, .bst) [TBD] [TBD]
6 Tableaux (just tables, really; tabularray and tabular) link
7 PRO- and trace-arrows for linear examples link to 7, link to 7.1
8 A note on symbols, math, and logic link
9 A note on LFG and HPSG link

Notes on using the website:

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and here follows some code which you hopefully understand having read the comment above

Contributions are most welcome! If you would like to contribute, or note errors, or something to that effect, please reach out to Thanks!

Fun fact: TeX is Turing-complete, which both lets you do this, and also makes things ever so slightly undecidable.