Nicholas L. Kraus
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This work would not have been possible without the assistance and guidance of many people. I would especially like to thank Benjamin Foster for his instruction and mentorship, and for first suggesting the topic of this book to me. I must also thank Eckart Frahm and Niek Veldhuis for their comments and critiques on the early versions of this work. I wish to express my gratitude to friends for their support and advice, particularly Enrique Jiménez, Mary Frazer, Shiyanthi Thavapalan, Shana Zaia, and Michael Henehan.

I would also like to thank the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung for their generous support. Because of their support I was able to conduct a research project on Word List Z, the results of which are published here in this work.

Finally I would like to thank my editor Michael Coogan for his revisions that have greatly improved the quality of this work, as well as for his patience with me and guidance through the publication process.

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