LaTeX for Pomona LGCS

This page compiles resources that are intended to give Pomona LGCS majors an introduction to LaTeX in the event that they want to use it to compose papers and/or theses. These will grow/shrink over time, but the hope is that they will help students ease into using LaTeX.

I myself am a semi-competent TeX user and should not be mistaken for an expert. What I have included here are resources that will hopefully make the learning curve slightly less steep for newcomers.

What is LaTeX?

LaTeX (or, TeX) is a typesetting program that is widely used by mathemeticians and scientists for professional publishing. There are a wide variety of resources on the web for learning what LaTeX is, I've linked to a few below. For Pomona LGCS students I suggest working through the set of handouts I've provided here first, and growing from there.

Where to start

Where you start depends on what are you trying to accomplish.

If you are just drawing trees to put into syntax papers, I suggest you look at these handouts, in the order provided here: [ online previewer] [qtree Trees] [Arrows with tree-dvips]. This will allow you to draw trees and download images of them, without having to learn all of LaTeX. These materials use the package qtree for tree-drawing.

If you are deciding to write entire papers (or your thesis) in LaTeX. Pedro Martins' LaTeX tutorial is the best introduction to LaTeX I have encountered (AND it's about linguistics specifically).

The easiest way to get started is to open the Pomona Linguistics LaTeX Paper template in Overleaf and start playing around with it to see how it works.

Franny Brogan and I have written a Quick Reference Guide for Pomona Linguistics, which is much more detailed than the basic template, but should provide Claremont Colleges students with everything they need to write linguistics papers in LaTeX. It uses the same template noted above, and the link above is also to an Overleaf template, which means you can open and edit the document to see how it works.

LaTeX Resources Specific to Linguistics

Some broad introductions:

What are packages?

For example numbering and formatting:


For drawing syntax trees:

Resources for inputting IPA into a computer:

Other specialized symbols

General LaTeX resources