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If G is a finitely presented group then its Dehn function—or its isoperimetric inequality—is of interest. For example, G satisfies a linear isoperi-metric inequality iff G is negatively curved (or hyperbolic in the sense of Gro-mov). Also, if G possesses an automatic structure then G satisfies a quadratic isoperimetric inequality. We investigate the effect(More)
We study the Dehn functions of amalgamations, introducing the notion of strongly undistorted subgroups. Using this, we give conditions under which taking an amalgamation does not increase the Dehn function, generalizing one aspect of the combination theorem of Bestvina and Feighn. To obtain examples of strongly undistorted subgroups, we define and study the(More)
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