Argentine Danish grammatical gender: Stability and a little bit of change

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Argentine Danish grammatical gender: Stability and a little bit of change. / Kühl, Karoline; Heegård Petersen, Jan.

I: Journal of Germanic Linguistics, Bind 33, Nr. 1, 2021, s. 67.

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Kühl, K & Heegård Petersen, J 2021, 'Argentine Danish grammatical gender: Stability and a little bit of change', Journal of Germanic Linguistics, bind 33, nr. 1, s. 67. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1470542720000069

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Kühl, K., & Heegård Petersen, J. (2021). Argentine Danish grammatical gender: Stability and a little bit of change. Journal of Germanic Linguistics, 33(1), 67. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1470542720000069

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Kühl K, Heegård Petersen J. Argentine Danish grammatical gender: Stability and a little bit of change. Journal of Germanic Linguistics. 2021;33(1):67. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1470542720000069

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Kühl, Karoline ; Heegård Petersen, Jan. / Argentine Danish grammatical gender: Stability and a little bit of change. I: Journal of Germanic Linguistics. 2021 ; Bind 33, Nr. 1. s. 67.

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