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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.

### Recent Submissions

• #### Serial Verbs in Ibibio ﻿

(University of Kansas Department of Linguistics, 2015-03-04)
This paper investigates serial verb constructions (SVC) in Ibibio, a Niger-Congo language spoken in Nigeria
• #### Liquid Assimilation in Havana Spanish ﻿

(University of Kansas. Lingusitics Graduate Student Association, 1991-01-01)
There has been a consensus that Laryngeal and Supralaryngeal nodes are located under the Root node and Place node is under the Supralaryngeal node (Clements 1985, Sagey 1987, Archangels and Pulleyblank 1986). There is, ...
• #### Judgments of Politeness in L2 Acquisition ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 1996-01-01)
This paper examines Japanese ESL learners' perception and production of to whom and how politely one should speak and what expressions are appropriate to whom in American English. Speakers are expected to change the level ...
• #### Syntax of Demonstrative Adjectives in Japanese: A Preliminary Study ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 1996-01-01)
It is argued that demonstrative adjectives like ano (“that”) kono ("this”) and sono (“the or that") occupy the highest Spec position in DP in Japanese, and that they block A-bar movement out of DP. The interactions among ...
• #### Folk Etymology (In English and Elsewhere) ﻿

(University of Kansas. Lingusitics Graduate Student Association, 1991-01-01)
Folk etymology is too complex a phenomenon to be dismissed as a mere source of mistakes based on ignorance. The present paper reflects the opinions of a Romanian linguist (and Anglicist) on irregular phonetic-semantic ...
• #### Greek Mismatches Or Why the subject does not always accord with the verb ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 1985-01-01)
• #### One way Talking: My Greek Motherese ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 1985-01-01)
• #### The Syntax-phonology interface as the Key to Metricality: Evidence from Taiwanese Folk Songs ﻿

(University of Kansas. Lingusitics Graduate Student Association, 1991-01-01)
Based on evidence from the lyrics of Taiwanese folk songs, this paper shows how metricality is keyed to interrelations between syntax and phonology. The lyrics are shown to allow mismatches between beats and syllables, and ...
• #### A-bar Dependency, Wh-scrambling in Korean, and Referential Hierarchy ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 1996-01-01)
'There is an argument-adjunct asymmetry in wh-extractions from weak islands. Some previous approaches to the issue concur that the reason why argument wh-phrases may create long distance A' dependencies across the islands ...
• #### Peirce's Concept of the Index: The Need for a Fourth Sign ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 1985-01-01)
The purpose of this paper is to examine C.S. Peirce's concept of the indexical sign, to show that it is inadequate to account for the 'indexical' properties of language, and to propose a modification of that concept. After ...
• #### K'iche' Maya Verbs of Breaking and Cutting ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 1996-01-01)
K'iche' Maya divides the breaking and cutting domains into much more specific actions than English or Spanish, e.g., -pi'i:j break something soft', -joyopi:j break off a banana'. K'iche' does not have a general word for ...
• #### Native American Languages and Literacy: Issues of Orthography Choice and Bilingual Education ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 1990-01-01)
Native American language communities have had four choices regarding the adoption or change of a writing system in recent years: to adopt or not to adopt a system, or in the case of an existing system, to alter it or not ...
• #### Reflexive and Reciprocal Elements in Ixil ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 1990-01-01)
Reflexives and reciprocals in Ixil, a Mayan language of Guatemala, appear to have features which distinguish them from reflexives surveyed in typological studies such as Faltz 1985 and Geniusiene 1987. Third person reflexives ...
• #### The Compound Bilingual as an Agent of Language Change: A Psychological Model of Bilingualism ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 1976-01-01)
• #### Causative constructions in Nepali ﻿

(University of Kansas. Lingusitics Graduate Student Association, 1991-01-01)
This paper discusses the syntax and semantics of causative constructions in Nepali. The results of this study lend support to the hypothesis of syntactic iconicity between the degree of structural integration of the causative ...
• #### Lexicalization of Event Types in Japanese And the Semantics of -te iru* ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 1985-01-01)
• #### The Iambic Law: Quantitative Adjustment in Typological Perspective ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 2004-01-01)
Many processes of Quantitative Adjustment (QA) in natural language are seen to follow from the Iambic/Trochaic Law (ITL), a basic principle of rhythmic organisation which favours quantitative evenness in trochaic systems ...

(2008-01-01)
• #### Interpreting St. Clair's Comanche Texts: Objective Case Marking and 'Same Subject' Dependent Clauses ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 1990-01-01)
St. Clair's Comanche texts, collected in 1902, appear to exhibit a very uncharacteristic form of objective case marking along with 'same subject' dependent clause types unknown elsewhere in the language. Proper interpretation ...
• #### How Well Can Japanese ESL Students Draw Inferences from English Sentences? ﻿

(University of Kansas. Linguistics Graduate Student Association, 1985-01-01)
One of the skills ESL (English as a Second Language) students must learn is the ability to draw inferences from English sentences. This study compares the ability of Japanese ESL students and that of native speakers of ...

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