Using the \hyphenblockcquote like in What's the advantage of using csquotes over using an editor's auto-replacement for "? seems (for a bloody beginner) not persistent. Inside the same section (another subsection, see below) the 'blockquote' changes into a kind of USenglish 'style'.

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\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} % for writing other that basic characters
\usepackage[UKenglish, USenglish]{babel}
\usepackage{csquotes} % blockquotation and other.
\usepackage{enumitem} % enumerate [1], [2],.. http://ctan.org/pkg/enumitem

% Include any extra LaTeX packages required
\usepackage[authoryear, numbers, comma, sort&compress]{natbib}  % Use the "Natbib" style for the
                                                                % references in the Bibliography

\usepackage{verbatim}  % Needed for the "comment" environment to make LaTeX comments
% \usepackage{vector}  % Allows "\bvec{}" and "\buvec{}" for "blackboard" style bold vectors in maths


       author = {Walton, Douglas},
       title = {Using Argumentation Schemes for Argument Extraction: A Bottom-Up Method},
       journal = {Int. J. Cogn. Inform. Nat. Intell.},
       issue_date = {July 2012},
       year = {2012},



\chapter{TeXperiments} % history of the jetpak

\section{Argumentation Theory}
\hyphenblockcquote{**UKenglish**}[p. 5]{emeren1996}{Argumentation is a verbal and social activity
of reason aimed at increasing (or decreasing) the acceptability of a controversial standpoint
for the listener or reader, by putting forward a constellation of propositions intended to
justify (or refute) the standpoint before a rational judge.}

\subsection{Walton's Argument Schemes}
Walton proposed the analysis of arguments with \textit{presumptive argumentation schemes}
\citep[p. 3]{walton1996}.

\hyphenblockcquote{**UKenglish**}[p. 34]{walton2012}{Argumentation schemes represent stereotypical
patterns of reasoning used in everyday conversational argumentation, as well as in a variety
of other contexts as well, [...] that aim at a decision on what to do in given circumstances.}

  • 1
    Welcome to TeX.sx! I cannot reproduce the behavior in your picture with the MWE you provided. Both block quotes have the same format.
    – cgnieder
    Jan 31, 2014 at 17:21
  • @jon reproducible example added :)
    – alex
    Jan 31, 2014 at 18:32
  • For me the example produces American-style quotation marks (66-99) for the shorter quotes (and a indented block quote for the longer). Maybe you need to update your TeX distribution (though csquotes has been stable for quite some time).
    – moewe
    Jan 31, 2014 at 18:39
  • @jon A+! Awsome! Big Thanks! That's it. It works. Do you think it is useful to answer the question separately?
    – alex
    Jan 31, 2014 at 20:30
  • @alex You need to put the language you want as default last in the babel options: \usepackage[USenglish,UKenglish]{babel} will give you british style quotes.
    – Dan
    Jan 31, 2014 at 20:32

1 Answer 1


The package csquotes can be responsible for deciding when it is necessary to switch from an in-line quotation to a 'block' or 'display' format. For this to work, you need to use the quotation commands it provides that are designed to to this --- notably those commands that have block in their name:

  • \blockquote
  • \foreignblockquote
  • \hyphenblockquote
  • \hybridblockquote
  • \blockcquote
  • \foreignblockcquote
  • \hyphenblockcquote
  • \hybridblockcquote

Style guides tend to have their own views about how long a quotation needs to be before it must be a block quote, but csquotes defaults to threshold=3 and thresholdtype=lines, which means more than three lines of quotation will be set as a block quotation. You can change it to a word-threshold with thresholdtype=words (but then you probably don't want the threshold to be 3!).

Other important options to be aware of in this connection are:

  • parthreshold (default: true): any quotation with an explicit paragraph or line break will trigger a block quotation; and
  • csdisplay (default: false): by default, only inline quotations will be used in footnotes, parboxes, minipages, and floats.

And, of course, much of the default functionality is very customizable...


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