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N xi1 = (sl.. s,-1)2 = Sk2 i=l i=l Since the order of s, is odd it follows that s, lies in (~1, . . , x,-2) and thus so does ~1.. s,,-~ = s,-’ . The first equation above implies that sr does as well and so, by the definitions of the xi, this holds for the other si, too. Now the claim follows since Gab 2 Zy-“. That the given numbers are upper bounds for the other casesis clear. To prove that they are also lower bounds needs an unpleasant argument using the Nielsen method for amalgamated free products.

14. Similar arguments apply except for the cases g = 0, m < 3; g = 1, m 5 1. For g = 1 = m we pass to a quotient group by introducing the relations uy, sit: and obtain the presentation (tl, u1 1 tThl, UT,t~lult~lu~l) of the dihedral group &hl of order 2h1 where it is trivial to check that no proper subword of a defining relation is a relation. For g = 0, m < 3 the groups with m 5 2 are excluded (the groups are finite cyclic groups). 12 to obtain s” # 1 if k$Omodhi. 11. We will not do this here, but will use geometric arguments instead.

Theorem. Let G = (X I R) with R E 5“” where S is not a proper power and let I be a transversal for the subgroup (S)N where N is the normal closure of R in F(X). Then the set {URU-l : U E I} is a free basis for N. ~2)= ((~3~4)~~)). 18, H is generated by {zr, x2} where zr = sis2 and 22 = ~3~1. Further the commutator [IL:~,x~] = (~1~2~3)~ and so [ICI, ~21” = 1. Hence there is an epimorphism from the group G = (a, b 1 [a, b13 = 1) to H given by a H ~1, b H x2. However one can lift back the decomposition of H to give a non-trivial decomposition of G as an amalgamated free product.