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Syntactic doubling and deletion as a source of variation. / Barbiers, S.

Linguistic Variation in the Minimalist Framework. ed. / M. Carme Picallo. 1. ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014. p. 197-223 10 (Oxford Linguistics).

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Barbiers, S 2014, Syntactic doubling and deletion as a source of variation. in MC Picallo (ed.), Linguistic Variation in the Minimalist Framework. 1 edn, 10, Oxford Linguistics, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 197-223.

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Barbiers, S. (2014). Syntactic doubling and deletion as a source of variation. In M. C. Picallo (Ed.), Linguistic Variation in the Minimalist Framework (1 ed., pp. 197-223). [10] (Oxford Linguistics). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Barbiers S. Syntactic doubling and deletion as a source of variation. In Picallo MC, editor, Linguistic Variation in the Minimalist Framework. 1 ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2014. p. 197-223. 10. (Oxford Linguistics).

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Barbiers, S./ Syntactic doubling and deletion as a source of variation. Linguistic Variation in the Minimalist Framework. editor / M. Carme Picallo. 1. ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014. pp. 197-223 (Oxford Linguistics).

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