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Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics (KWPL) is a regular publication of the University of Kansas Department of Linguistics. KWPL is intended as an open-access forum for the presentation of the latest original research by the faculty and students of the Department of Linguistics and other related departments at the University of Kansas. Contributions by persons not associated with the University of Kansas are also welcome. Since KWPL is a working paper, publication in KWPL does not preclude later publication elsewhere of revised versions of papers.


Annual calls for papers are typically announced early in the calendar year. The deadline for submissions to Volume 35, to be released in late 2014, is May 25, 2014. Authors may email papers directly to the KWPL editors at kwpl@ku.edu. KWPL welcomes submissions of papers on all topics in the field of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and indigenous languages.


Papers should be a maximum of 25 pages, single-spaced, and in accordance with the KWPL stylesheet . Any further questions regarding KWPL or the submission process can be directed to kwpl@ku.edu.

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  • Description of Logophors in Ibibio 

    Newkirk, Lydia (University of Kansas Department of Linguistics, 2014-12-01)
    This paper concerns the description of logophors in Ibibio, a Lower-Cross language spoken in southern Nigeria. Logophors are grammatical forms used in reference to the person in a sentence whose point of view is being ...
  • Assessing Preschool Children’s Knowledge of Compounds from a Logico- Semantic Perspective 

    Brown, Rachel; Chu, Chia-Ying; Hess, Gretchen; Minai, Utako (University of Kansas Department of Linguistics, 2014-12-01)
    Research in First Language Acquisition investigates three broad questions: What do children know about language? When does this knowledge emerge? How is children’s knowledge of language different from adults’ knowledge ...
  • Notes on the History and Morphosyntactic Characteristics of Spanish in Northern Belize 

    Balam, Osmer (University of Kansas Department of Linguistics, 2014-12-01)
    The current descriptive analysis provides a sociohistorical overview of Northern Belizean Spanish (NBS), and it elaborates on salient morphosyntactic features of this understudied contact variety, as evidenced in the ...
  • Another Look at Atakapa 

    Kaufman, David (University of Kansas Department of Linguistics, 2014-12-01)
    In this paper I re-examine one text, out of a total of nine, first analyzed by John Swanton appearing in the Gatschet and Swanton (1932) Atakapa dictionary. Specifically, I examine the first text to appear in this ...
  • Overview of Ibibio Adjectives 

    Martinez-García, María Teresa (University of Kansas Department of Linguistics, 2014-12-01)
    This paper discusses some relevant characteristics of adjectives and adjectival agreement in Ibibio, a Lower Cross Niger-Congo language spoken in Nigeria. The existence of a closed class of adjectives in African languages ...
  • Commodification of Kaqchikel: A Commodities Chain Approach to the Kaqchikel Language in the Foreign Language and Area Studies Program* 

    Duncan, Philip T. (University of Kansas Department of Linguistics, 2014-12-01)
    Investigating how Kaqchikel is commodified through U.S. foreign language instruction programs reveals complex and often contradictory ideologies about language, including linguistic capital and exchange value. I argue ...
  • Fi in Gulf Pidgin Arabic 

    Potsdam, Eric; Alanazi, Mohammad (University of Kansas Department of Linguistics, 2014-12-01)
    Gulf Pidgin Arabic (GPA) is a simplified communication system established by the non-Arabic immigrants to Gulf countries in the Middle East. In the past decades, millions of people with no Arabic skills have come from ...
  • Enhancing an Open-Access Linguistics Journal Archive with Library of Congress-like Metadata: A Case Study of the Effectiveness for Improving Discovery 

    Husic, Geoff (University of Kansas Department of Linguistics, 2014-12-01)
    The University of Kansas has hosted the Kansas Working Papers in Linguistic (KWPL) in its digital repository, KU ScholarWorks, since 2007, but complete subject metadata, based on Library of Congress Subject Headings, was ...
  • Knowledge of syntax and verbal morphology in adolescent L2 English: A Feature Reassembly account 

    Muroya, Akiko (2014-02-07)
    This study investigates knowledge of both syntax and verbal morphology by L2 English classroom learners with L1 Japanese in affirmative sentences with VP-adverbs (e.g., She usually eats breakfast at nine2). It proposes ...
  • Discrimination of Cantonese Tones by Speakers of Tone and Non-tone Languages 

    Qin, Zhen; Mok, Peggy P. K. (2014-01-27)
    Listeners often find some non-native sounds difficult to perceive. For example, lexical tones in Chinese languages are difficult for non-native listeners to perceive, although pitch is frequently used in their first language ...
  • Linguistic Integration of the Newest Anglicisms into the Russian Language 

    Bogomolets, Ksenia (2014-01-27)
    This paper represents a study of usage of the newest English loan words in modern Russian. The data for this research were extracted from the main subcorpus of the Russian National Corpus. This corpus provides examples of ...
  • Descriptive Account of Spanish Loanword Phonology in Kaqchikel 

    Adell, Eric (2014-01-27)
    This paper examines Spanish loanwords in Kaqchikel from both diachronic and synchronic perspectives. This paper is, to my knowledge, the first descriptive account of any length concerning Spanish loanword phonology in ...
  • Capturing Breathy Voice: Durational Measures of Oral Stops in Marathi 

    Berkson, Kelly Harper (2012-12-11)
    The present study investigates a series of techniques used to capture the durational differences of oral stops in Marathi, an Indic language that exhibits a four-way phonemic distinction among oral stops.
  • Focus in Ecuadorian Quechua 

    Shireman, Joshua (2012-12-11)
    This paper provides a brief description of how pragmatically marked focus is encoded in Ecuadorian Quechua. While this is a preliminary study based on data from one speaker, this variety of Quechua is under-documented, and ...
  • Word Order Variables in Patzun Kaqchikel 

    Kim, Sok-Ju (2011-10-03)
    This paper presents word order variables in Patzun Kaqchikel. I investigate how word order variables of (in)definiteness and animacy interact with SVO, VOS, and VSO word order in statements and questions in Patzun Kaqchikel ...
  • Inflection in the Ao dialect of Yoruba 

    Taiwo, Oye (2011-10-03)
    This paper examines inflection in the Ào dialect of Yorùbá, a language spoken in south west Nigeria. Previous studies in Yorùbá morphology have focused on derivational morphology rather than inflectional morphology. This ...
  • Adjectives in Hueyapan Nahuatl: Do they exist? And if do what kind of adjectives are they? 

    Pharao Hansen, Magnus (2011-10-03)
    In the study of 'exotic' languages a question that often surges and sometimes evolves into discussion, is whether they have adjectives, or whether property denominating words, that could be called adjectives, are in fact ...
  • A Minimalist analysis of Uyghur genitives 

    Politzer-Ahles, Stephen (2011-10-03)
    This paper investigates the syntactic structure of so-called genitive-possessive DPs in Uyghur, a Turkic language. Uyghur genitive-possessives bear suffixes on both the “possessing” entity (comparable to the Saxon genitive ...
  • Biloxi Realis and Irrealis Particles 

    Kaufman, David V. (2011-10-03)
    Realis and irrealis expressions are modal or pragmatic in nature. Realis and irrealis particles reflect “the grammaticization of speakers‟ (subjective) attitudes and opinions” (Bybee et al. 1994: 176). They reflect a ...

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