[OS X TeX] \inaccessible \bibitem

Ingo Reich ireich at mac.com
Mon Jan 23 22:00:42 EST 2006

Am 23.01.2006 um 18:25 schrieb Piet van Oostrum:

>>>>>> Ingo Reich <ireich at mac.com> (IR) wrote:
>> IR> Hi everybody,
>> IR> I just added to my document (memoir class) a new citation (I use
>> IR> natbib.sty for citations) which resulted in the following  
>> error message:
>> IR> ! Missing control sequence inserted.
>> IR> <inserted text>
>> IR>                  \inaccessible
>> IR> l.149 \bibitem[Sternefeld(2004)]{Sternefeld:04}
>> IR> ?
>> IR> The funny thing is that when I add another new citation, the  
>> error  message
>> IR> disappears again.
>> IR> Any ideas what may be the cause of the error message?
>> IR> (The bibentry seems o.k. and I also tried different bibstyles)
>> IR> Ingo

the following provides some more context around the error message:

Underfull \hbox (badness 1642) in paragraph at lines 111--114
[]\T1/0ssj/m/n/10.95 Lang, Ewald (1977).  \T1/0ssj/m/it/10.95 Se-man- 
tik der ko
-or-di-na-ti-ven Ver-kn¸p-fung\T1/0ssj/m/n/10.95 . Ber-lin:
! Missing control sequence inserted.
<inserted text>
l.150 \bibitem[Wilder(1997)]{Wilder:97b}

? h
Please don't say `\def cs{...}', say `\def\cs{...}'.
I've inserted an inaccessible control sequence so that your
definition will be completed without mixing me up too badly.
You can recover graciously from this error, if you're
careful; see exercise 27.2 in The TeXbook.

! Extra \else.
\addpenalty ...tskip =\z@ \penalty #1\relax \else
\lastskip \vsk...
l.150 \bibitem[Wilder(1997)]{Wilder:97b}

! Extra \else.
\addpenalty ...skip \@tempskipb \fi \fi \fi \else
                                                   \@noitemerr \fi
l.150 \bibitem[Wilder(1997)]{Wilder:97b}


! LaTeX Error: Something's wrong--perhaps a missing \item.

See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation.
Type  H <return>  for immediate help.

l.150 \bibitem[Wilder(1997)]{Wilder:97b}

) [35]

and here's the relevant part from the bbl-file (though, as I said, if  
I let bibtex add another bibitem everything runs fine again;  
nevertheless I'd like to now what's going on here):

Sternefeld, Wolfgang (2004).
\newblock {\em Syntax}.
\newblock Ms., T\"{u}bingen.

Wilder, Chris (1997).
\newblock Some Properties of Ellipsis in Coordination.
\newblock In: Artemis Alexiadou \textsc{\&} T.~Alan Hall, Hrsg., {\em  
   on Universal Grammar and Typological Variation}. Amsterdam:  

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