Resolving Number Ambiguities during Language Comprehension

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BADER, Markus, Jana HÄUSSLER, 2009. Resolving Number Ambiguities during Language Comprehension. In: Journal of Memory and Language. 61(3), pp. 352-373. Available under: doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2009.05.005

@article{Bader2009Resol-2681, title={Resolving Number Ambiguities during Language Comprehension}, year={2009}, doi={10.1016/j.jml.2009.05.005}, number={3}, volume={61}, journal={Journal of Memory and Language}, pages={352--373}, author={Bader, Markus and Häussler, Jana} }

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