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WALKDEN, George, 2012. Against inertia. In: Lingua. 122(8), pp. 891-901. ISSN 0024-3841. eISSN 1872-6135. Available under: doi: 10.1016/j.lingua.2012.03.001

@article{Walkden2012-06Again-38918, title={Against inertia}, year={2012}, doi={10.1016/j.lingua.2012.03.001}, number={8}, volume={122}, issn={0024-3841}, journal={Lingua}, pages={891--901}, author={Walkden, George} }

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