Against virtue in syntax and semantics by James D. McCawley

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  • Linguistics.

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StatementJames D. McCawley.
SeriesStudies in contemporary linguistics
The Physical Object
Pagination280 p. :
Number of Pages280
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL20416217M
ISBN 100226556085, 0226556093

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