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This is what I'm after: I'd like to have the sentence 'John loves his mother.' displayed with an arrow running from 'his' to 'John'. I looked at gb4e, but I found the documentation confusing and I haven't been able to make it work.

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This one seems easier: let.uu.nl/~Alexis.Dimitriadis/personal/latex/underarrows.sty . In this case you would write: \linkto John \under loves \from his mother. – Vivi Aug 17 '10 at 20:57
@Vivi: Why is this a comment and not an answer? =) – Dima Aug 17 '10 at 21:07
That seems to work fine, thanks. – Tom Aug 18 '10 at 13:09

Use TikZ

\tikzstyle{every picture}+=[remember picture]
\tikzstyle{na} = [shape=rectangle,inner sep=0pt,text depth=0pt]
\tikz\node[na](word1){John}; loves \tikz\node[na](word2){his}; mother.
  \path[->,red,thick](word2) edge [out=90, in=90] (word1);


I don't know what type of arrow you want =)

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The \usetikzlibrary{arrows,shapes,backgrounds} isn't needed. Also, remember to compile it twice to get the arrows set correctly. – Loop Space Aug 17 '10 at 21:17

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