I'm including some PIE examples in my Latex-formatted thesis. What font package or predefined symbols will help me?


I recommend the tipa package, a general package for typesetting phonetic transcriptions. It has all the stuff you need including the multiple accents. It works with all flavours of LaTeX.

In addition, it comes with a really excellent documentation.

  • More info needed here. I've tried tipa and tipx to get some diacritics. \usepackage{tipa} \usepackage{tipx} Some of the characters in the \textipa{} environment work, and some don't. For example: This works: \textipa{\|c{k}\rmt\’om *bhr\textacutemacron{a}t\=er} This doesn't: \textipa{*bhr\’=at\=er} According to the tipa manual they should both work. I've fooled around a bit with prologue and re-read the tipa manual a few times, but not sure what I'm doing wrong. – Steve Rapaport Apr 22 '16 at 1:21
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    @SteveRapaport: The is is pair of braces missing in your not working example, this also works: \textipa{*bhr\'{\=a}t\=er}—but it produces slightly different output than \textipa{*bhr\textacutemacron{a}t\=er}. – jk - Reinstate Monica Apr 22 '16 at 9:43

In text mode, you can simply use the \textsubscript{} command to format some text as a subscript. So h3, for instance, can be made with h\textsubscript{3}.

More problematic might be symbols like the palatal stops, *ḱ, *ǵ, and *ǵʰ, or accented long vowels, like *ā́, *ḗ, and *ṓ. There aren't, to the best of my knowledge, pre-composed glyphs of these, so you'll almost certainly want to be using XeTeX with the fontspec package (and a font containing the appropriate glyphs) to write these characters.

  • I agree that the palatal stops and accented long vowels are hard to construct. To try this answer out, I'd want to know what fonts contain the appropriate glyphs. Hints? – Steve Rapaport Apr 20 '16 at 21:24
  • I would say there are almost too many fonts nowadays to even start naming some. SIL has a family of fonts that looks okay, renders these glyphs correctly, and are widely used in linguistics (Charis, Doulos, Gentium, etc.): scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?item_id=IPAhome Other options that I think are nice looking include the Linux Libertine family of fonts, however, they are not used as widely: linuxlibertine.org Lucida Sans Unicode is not the prettiest font, but has been distributed with Windows by default for some time now. – limetom Apr 21 '16 at 3:27

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