I have set up a linguistics document in LyX with the following:

  • Documents > Settings... > Document Class > Book (Standard Class)
  • Documents > Settings... > Modules > added the Linguistics module
  • Documents > Settings... > Bibliography > Citation Style Natbib, with Natbib style Author-year
  • I have downloaded the LSA bibliography style language.bst.

My understanding from several sources is that I probably need to use Natbib if I want to have author-year citations.

I have created a BibTex .bib file. I have added the bibliography in the document, using the my .bib and language.bst already downloaded. This produces a beautiful bibliography, and I am quite pleased with it.

The problem comes with the citation. It produces author year, as promised, but linguistics documents want the format (author year:page). For example, (Longacre 1972:2). It is not offered as a citation style in the LyX Insert Citation dialog:

LyX Insert Citation dialog

I have downloaded the natbib documentation, but I don't see the answer there.

I have tried a work-around of adding the page numbers in the Text After field of the dialog. This results in a comma, space, and page after the year, instead of a colon: (Longacre 1972, 2). That's understandable, but it's not what I need. I have not found a way to change the comma and space to a colon.

I also tried a LaTeX command into the document:


This also returns a comma, space, and page after the year.

Finally, I tried adding \setcitestyle{aysep={ }} at various spots in the text and in the document preamble. This does nothing to change the output.

Am I missing something? Or does whatever code that produces the various citation styles need a modification?

  • By the way, we have a professional linguist on the LyX development team. If you ever ask a question that is specific to linguistics that you don't get an answer for here, please join [email protected] and send an email there so they might see it.
    – scottkosty
    Jun 8, 2017 at 18:43
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    Thanks, Scott, for info about the mailing list. Also as a linguist who has worked in software development world, I am glad to hear there's a linguist on the development team. Jun 14, 2017 at 19:58
  • Yes we are lucky he is there. You can see some of his recent improvements related to linguists here: wiki.lyx.org/LyX/NewInLyX22#modules
    – scottkosty
    Jun 14, 2017 at 20:06

1 Answer 1


I put the following command in the document preamble, and got the formatted output I wanted with the citation I added via the LyX interface:


Using the Text After field strikes me as a little bit of a kludge, but it works, and I'm not complaining.

This also properly formats this LaTeX command in the document:


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