[texhax] making brackets (linguistics)

Uwe Lück uwe.lueck at web.de
Thu Apr 8 16:02:19 CEST 2010

[strange, failed to send it to texhax yesterday. actually, Paul Isambert is 
a linguist reading this list. "making brackets" even seems not to express 
connection with linguistics! -- Uwe.]

At 13:46 07.04.10, Marcia Beach wrote:

>Susan and Uwe:  I am referring to the large brackets that embrace lines of 
>text in HPSG.     Also I need the "greater than" and "lesser-than" angled 
>brackets that also embrace lines of text.  Am trying to see if it can be 
>done in Word 2007, since those are just about all the symbols I 
>need.  Perhaps I won't have to download the whole LaTex program if I can 
>figure out a way to do it in Word.  Am generally quite non-techy when it 
>comes to these things.  Thank you both for your suggestions.   Marcia

So we see what you need on


(in my view) different kinds of diagrams are in the German version


(You must not assume that linguists read this mailing list.)

I don't know if this can be achieved with Word. Even with TeX it is not 
very easy for me right now. There may be special packages for this at


especially bigdelim or delarray. A special HPSG package may be valuable, 
but I can't find any and ... LingTrees seems to have some HPSG 
functionality (p. 14):


as well as xyling (p. 19):


That special "bracket" notation seems to be implemented by avm.sty 
(attribute-value matrices) seemingly belonging to the LingTrees bundle. I 
can't find its original documentation avm-doc, but in searching I found 
this overview by Christina Thiele in a TUGboat from 1995


maybe someone else finds something more recent like this.

HTH -- Uwe.

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