When variants lack semantic equivalence

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When variants lack semantic equivalence. / Christensen, Tanya Karoli; Jensen, Torben Juel.

Explanations in Sociosyntax. Cambridge University Press, 2021. (Studies in Language Variation and Change).

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Christensen, TK & Jensen, TJ 2021, When variants lack semantic equivalence. in Explanations in Sociosyntax. Cambridge University Press, Studies in Language Variation and Change.

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Christensen, T. K., & Jensen, T. J. (Accepted/In press). When variants lack semantic equivalence. In Explanations in Sociosyntax Cambridge University Press. Studies in Language Variation and Change

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Christensen TK, Jensen TJ. When variants lack semantic equivalence. In Explanations in Sociosyntax. Cambridge University Press. 2021. (Studies in Language Variation and Change).

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Christensen, Tanya Karoli ; Jensen, Torben Juel. / When variants lack semantic equivalence. Explanations in Sociosyntax. Cambridge University Press, 2021. (Studies in Language Variation and Change).

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