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I may be misunderstanding what you want to do, but you might be able to cheat a little by using a mix of Index and Paragraph Styles.

    To Define Index Entries

 1. Click in a word, or select the words in your document that you
    want to use as an index entry.
 2. Choose *Insert - Table of Contents and Index - Index Entry*, and
    do one of the following:

  * To change the text that appears in the index, type the text that
    you want in the *Entry*box. The text that you type here does not
    replace the selected text in the document.
  * To add an index mark to similar words in your document, select
    *Apply to all similar texts*.
  * To add the entries to a custom index, click the *New User-defined
    Index* icon, enter the name of the index, and then click *OK*.


    To Apply a Different Paragraph Style to an Index Level

 1. Right-click in the index or table of contents, and then choose
    *Edit Index or Table of Contents*.
 2. Click the *Styles* tab.
 3. Click an index level in the *Levels* list.
 4. Click the style that you want to apply in the *Paragraph Style* list.
 5. Click the assign button *<*.
 6. Click *OK*.

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Hope this helps.

On 6/8/2018 3:52 PM, John Jason Jordan wrote:
Linguists frequently need to write glosses. Here are a couple examples
using Spanish as the source language and English as the language that
the author is writing in:

Todos     iremos       a   la                     playa.  to  beach
'We will all go to the beach.'

Juan no     sabía                    qué    hacer.
John neg.  what  do.inf
'John didn't know what to do.'

(Note that there are rules for how the gloss abbreviations are supposed
to be abbreviated and used, and for the sake of simplicity in the above
examples I did not always follow them rigorously.)

Glosses are typically three lines, as in the above examples. Each
component of the first two lines must be lined up. Here in e-mail I
tried to do this with the space bar, but the results may not appear
perfectly as I intended for all people on this list. They don't even
appear lined up for me because I use a proportional font in my mail

The only way I know to get this right is to use tabs, but the tab
spacings have to be changed for each gloss. If you have a lot of
glosses in your paper tabs will quickly become a serious pain.

I searched the Help, but came up empty-handed. Any suggestions?

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