# Hyphenation within multicolumn

I've got the following table, which I'd prefer not to split, and it's slightly too wide for the page. How can I make some of the column headings hyphenate? I don't want to have to define a fixed width of each column or something like that; it'd be much simpler if I could make "Labiodental" be hyphenated as "Labio-dental", as that's the troublesome column.

\begin{table}[htpb]\small\capstart
\begin{center}
\begin{tabular}{|>{\bfseries}fc|c c|c c|c c|c c|c c|c c|c c|c c|c c|}
\hline
\SetRowStyle{\bfseries} & \multicolumn{2}{-c|}{Bilabial} & \multicolumn{2}{-c|}{Labiodental} & \multicolumn{2}{-c|}{Dental} & \multicolumn{2}{-c|}{Alveolar} & \multicolumn{2}{-c|}{Retroflex} & \multicolumn{2}{-c|}{Palatal} & \multicolumn{2}{-c|}{Velar} & \multicolumn{2}{-c|}{Glottal} \tabularnewline\hline
Nasal & & m & & & & \textsubbridge{n} & & & & & & ɲ & & & & \tabularnewline%\hline
Plosive & p & & & & \textsubbridge{t} & & & & & & & & k & & & \tabularnewline%\hline
Affricate & & & & & \multicolumn{2}{c|}{\textsubbridge{t}θ} & ts & & ʈʂ & & tɕ & & & & & \tabularnewline%\hline
Fricative & & & f & \multirow{2}{*}{ʋ} & θ & \multirow{2}{*}{ð} & s & & ʂ & & ɕ & & x & & h & \tabularnewline%\cline{1-4} \cline{6-6} \cline{8-17}
Approximant & & & \multicolumn{1}{r}{} & & \multicolumn{1}{r}{} & & & & & & & j & & w & & \tabularnewline%\hline
Lateral & & & & & & & & l & & & & & & & & \tabularnewline%\hline
Rhotic & & & & & & & & r\textasciitilde\textfishhookr & & & & & & & & \tabularnewline\hline
\end{tabular}
\caption{Consonants\label{tab:consonants}}
\end{center}
\end{table}

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Please complete your code to a minimally working example as I can't get it to compile because I don't know what packages I am missing. – Christian Lindig May 22 '11 at 6:05

• Use a multiline cell, such as a p column

• TeX doesn't hyphenate the first word of a paragraph, you can insert \hspace{0pt} to work around it.

This example will be hyphenated as desired:

\multicolumn{2}{p{1cm}|}{\hspace{0pt}Labiodental}


This workaround can be efficiently used with the >{...} feature of the array package or even \newcolumntype, if it's required more often. Simply applied to this example in \multicolumn:

\multicolumn{2}{>{\hspace{0pt}}p{1cm}|}

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Thanks. It just fits; I think I might have to decrease the margins a bit as well, as I have quite a lot of tables that are that mm or so too wide. – zoqaeski May 23 '11 at 13:41