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Quotational indefinites

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KOEV, Todor, 2017. Quotational indefinites. In: Natural Language & Linguistic Theory. Springer. 35(2), pp. 367-396. ISSN 0167-806X. eISSN 1573-0859. Available under: doi: 10.1007/s11049-016-9344-x

@article{Koev2017-05Quota-51533, title={Quotational indefinites}, year={2017}, doi={10.1007/s11049-016-9344-x}, number={2}, volume={35}, issn={0167-806X}, journal={Natural Language & Linguistic Theory}, pages={367--396}, author={Koev, Todor} }

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