Variation, structure and norms

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Variation, structure and norms. / Harder, Peter.

Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Social and cultural variation in cognition and language use. red. / Martin Pütz; Justyna Robinson; Monika Reif. Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014. s. 53-73 3 (Benjamins Current Topics, Bind 59).

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningfagfællebedømt

Harvard

Harder, P 2014, Variation, structure and norms. i M Pütz, J Robinson & M Reif (red), Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Social and cultural variation in cognition and language use., 3, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia, Benjamins Current Topics, bind 59, s. 53-73.

APA

Harder, P. (2014). Variation, structure and norms. I M. Pütz, J. Robinson, & M. Reif (red.), Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Social and cultural variation in cognition and language use (s. 53-73). [3] Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. Benjamins Current Topics, Bind. 59

Vancouver

Harder P. Variation, structure and norms. I Pütz M, Robinson J, Reif M, red., Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Social and cultural variation in cognition and language use. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 2014. s. 53-73. 3. (Benjamins Current Topics, Bind 59).

Author

Harder, Peter. / Variation, structure and norms. Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Social and cultural variation in cognition and language use. red. / Martin Pütz ; Justyna Robinson ; Monika Reif. Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014. s. 53-73 (Benjamins Current Topics, Bind 59).

Bibtex

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