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Volume 20, Issue 3 (Dec 2016)


What about typology is useful for language documentation?

Nikolaus P. Himmelmann
  • Universität zu Köln, Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Institut für Linguistik, 50923 Köln, Germany
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Published Online: 2016-12-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingty-2016-0020


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Received: 2016-07-13

Revised: 2016-09-21

Published Online: 2016-12-23

Published in Print: 2016-12-01

Citation Information: Linguistic Typology, ISSN (Online) 1613-415X, ISSN (Print) 1430-0532, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingty-2016-0020. Export Citation

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