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Multiple focus strategies in pro-drop languages : evidence from ellipsis in Spanish

Multiple focus strategies in pro-drop languages : evidence from ellipsis in Spanish

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BIEZMA GARRIDO, María, 2014. Multiple focus strategies in pro-drop languages : evidence from ellipsis in Spanish. In: Syntax. 17(2), pp. 91-131. ISSN 1368-0005. eISSN 1467-9612

@article{Biezma Garrido2014Multi-28813, title={Multiple focus strategies in pro-drop languages : evidence from ellipsis in Spanish}, year={2014}, doi={10.1111/synt.12014}, number={2}, volume={17}, issn={1368-0005}, journal={Syntax}, pages={91--131}, author={Biezma Garrido, María} }

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