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Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics (KWPL), ISSN 1043-3805 (print), ISSN 2378-7600 (electronic) is an annual 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.

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