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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics



A crash course in LaTeX (for linguistics)

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Event details

Location: GR04, English Faculty Building

Time: 20 Jan 2023, 2-5pm

PDF slides

Tea, coffee, and some snacks will be provided. 

Organised by Ema Banerjee, Alex Cairncross, Nina Haket, and Sana Kidwai


What is LaTeX?

LaTeX is a typesetting system that produces PDF documents that look professional, aesthetic and user-friendly.


Why learn LaTeX?

LaTeX has particular advantages for academic writing, including linguistics. LaTeX can easily handle bibliographies, glossed examples, texts with multiple languages or scripts (including special characters and symbols), diagrams (e.g. syntax trees and syllable diagrams) and  tables (e.g. OT tableau) - the list is endless. LaTeX not only makes typesetting easier but it is also required or preferred by many journals as it saves considerable time for editors.


Who is the workshop for?

The workshop is designed to introduce beginners to LaTeX with a focus on tools commonly needed in linguistics. No prior knowledge of LaTeX is needed for this course.


Workshop requirements and outline

The workshop will be conducted as a mixture of live demonstrations and hands-on exercises for you to implement what you are learning. As such, you will require a laptop


Workshop Outline

  • Why LaTeX?
  • Basic document structure
  • Referencing
  • Break 
  • Floats (tables, figures, ...)
  • Trees
  • Special characters
  • Glossing
  • The COPiL template