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Volume 21, Issue 3


Causation as a factor and goal in typological comparisons

Randy J. LaPolla
  • Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Nanyang Technological University, HSS-03-45, 14 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637332, Singapore
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Published Online: 2017-12-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingty-2017-0013


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Received: 2017-09-25

Revised: 2017-10-16

Published Online: 2017-12-07

Published in Print: 2017-12-20

Citation Information: Linguistic Typology, Volume 21, Issue 3, Pages 547–554, ISSN (Online) 1613-415X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingty-2017-0013.

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