Contact-induced change or dialectal relic in heritage American-Danish? The use of the indefinite article in copula clauses with person-identifying subject predicate

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Contact-induced change or dialectal relic in heritage American-Danish? The use of the indefinite article in copula clauses with person-identifying subject predicate. / Heegård, Jan.

In: Norsk Lingvistisk Tidsskrift, Vol. 36, 2018, p. 41-68.

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Heegård, J 2018, 'Contact-induced change or dialectal relic in heritage American-Danish? The use of the indefinite article in copula clauses with person-identifying subject predicate', Norsk Lingvistisk Tidsskrift, vol. 36, pp. 41-68.

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Heegård, J. (2018). Contact-induced change or dialectal relic in heritage American-Danish? The use of the indefinite article in copula clauses with person-identifying subject predicate. Norsk Lingvistisk Tidsskrift, 36, 41-68.

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Heegård J. Contact-induced change or dialectal relic in heritage American-Danish? The use of the indefinite article in copula clauses with person-identifying subject predicate. Norsk Lingvistisk Tidsskrift. 2018;36:41-68.

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Heegård, Jan. / Contact-induced change or dialectal relic in heritage American-Danish? The use of the indefinite article in copula clauses with person-identifying subject predicate. In: Norsk Lingvistisk Tidsskrift. 2018 ; Vol. 36. pp. 41-68.

Bibtex

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