Syntactic reconstruction and proto-germanic

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WALKDEN, George, 2014. Syntactic reconstruction and proto-germanic. 1. ed.. Oxford:Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-871229-9. Available under: doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712299.001.0001

@book{Walkden2014Synta-38611, isbn={978-0-19-871229-9}, publisher={Oxford University Press}, series={Oxford studies in diachronic and historical linguistics}, title={Syntactic reconstruction and proto-germanic}, year={2014}, edition={1. ed.}, doi={10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712299.001.0001}, number={12}, address={Oxford}, author={Walkden, George} }

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