Style request - Oxford University Press Linguistics Handbooks and Volumes


It seems like OUP Linguistics is using a Harvard name-date style with some substantial modifications to include author names, etc. (see text pasted below from their guidelines to editors/authors). I tried using the OUP HUMSOC style ( but the output of this is significantly different. I also played around with some of the other Harvard styles I could find but nothing really is very close. Has anyone created a style for OUP Linguistics? Could I please get someone's help with one?

Text from OUP's guidelines:


Please use the Harvard name-date system supported by a list of references at the end of the chapter; these will be collated by the volume editor into a complete reference list for the end of the book. References should be cited in the text without punctuation “(Miyamoto and Takahashi 2001)” or “see Koster (2000)” or “as Hawkins (2005) points out”, except when pages references are included, in which case “(Miyamoto and Takahashi 2001: 235-7)” or “see Koster (2000b: 77ff)” or “as Hawkins (2005: 110-25) points out”. Sequences of references should be separated by semicolons. The list of references should be ordered alphabetically by author’s surname, with multiple references for the same author in chronological order. Date of publication should follow the author’s name to help readers find references quickly. Book titles should be italic, article titles in roman and single quotes (including books using US conventions). Place of publication and publisher should be included at the end of the reference. Please avoid using op. cit and idem, which cause havoc in online versions.

The old OUP style was to give author’s initials rather than their full first name(s) and to use dashes for names where more than one reference is made to the same author. In order to ease identification (in online editions or on the web, for example) and to accommodate Asian and other names, our preference is now to give names for all references (i.e. not to use dashes) and in the form their authors use themselves: e.g.: Dixon, R. M. W.; Borer, Hagit; Newmeyer, Frederick J.; Ōta Tatsuo; Wang Mingquamō; Yakhontov, Sergej; Sǒng Paeg-in; Ulagantuyag-A. Here are some examples:

Bloomfield, Leonard (1914). An Introduction to the Study of Language. New York: Holt.
Chomsky, Noam (1991a). ‘Some Notes on Economy of Derivation and Representation’, in R. Freidin (ed.), Principles and Parameters in Comparative Grammar. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 417–54.
Chomsky, Noam (1991b). ‘Linguistics and Adjacent Fields’, in A. Kasher (ed.), The Chomskyan Turn. Oxford: Blackwell.
Hundius, Harald, and Ulrike Kölver (1983). ‘Syntax and Semantics of Numeral Classifiers in Thai’, Studies in Language 7: 165–214.
Avelar, Juanito, Sonia Cyrino, and Charlotte Galves (2009). ‘Locative inversion and agreement patterns: parallelisms between Brazilian Portuguese and Bantu languages’, in Margarida Petter and Ronald Beline Mendes (eds), Proceedings of the Special World Congress of African Linguistics São Paulo 2008. Exploring the African Language Connection in the America. São Paulo: Humanitas, 207–21.

Authors generally prefer this. If your references include a mix of Eastern and Western names the name ordering is likely to look inconsistent even though it isn’t: to prevent unnecessary alterations please provide a note for the copy-editor to explain the system you’ve used for alphabetizing non-Western names? Follow the English conventional alphabetization of Æ with Ae, Ǻ with A, and Ø with O.

Please provide online addresses and last accessed dates in references to online sources. If references contain enough information they will, if possible, be enabled for the Oxford online version as OpenURL links: this allows a user within an institution to locate a source for that reference via their online library catalogue simply by clicking the link.

Format-neutral requirements for references are discussed in more detail here."
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