I want to make a book about the grammar of a indigenous language and use it for language learning, so far I got some templates but it seems they are for plays and math. I would appreciate information about templates or manuals on how to prepare books about grammar, phonetics, of a language.


  • Is there any specific relation to LaTeX? What was the problem with the ones you discarded and what are you looking for?
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    Commented Jun 28, 2012 at 23:44
  • To make a book I am using covington, tipa. but my organization is not so good because I have never done a book before. I want to know if there is any template available to facilitate my work. Thanks. Commented Jun 28, 2012 at 23:48

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Don't use covington. It's much too crude for serious work given the alternatives. (See the tag for some ideas of alternatives (click on the "learn more" link)). If your glossing needs are extensive then you should look into ExPex; but minimally something like gb4e or linguex is better for linguistic examples. Also, you might want to consider using XeLaTeX which will allow you to use IPA fonts directly in your source, which certainly aids readability, although perhaps with slower input.

As for templates, for book length documents, it's probably best to go with one of the more comprehensive document classes such as memoir or the KOMA classes. Book design itself is an art, not a science, so if you find some other grammar or language learning book that you like, you can probably replicate its design with one of those classes and a few choice packages. See What are the strengths and weaknesses of KOMA-Script and memoir? for an overview of some of the differences between the two classes.

You also added the tag. This is a whole different issue, which is perhaps best addressed in a separate question. See Use LaTeX to produce Epub for some ideas.

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