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Language-general and language-specific phenomena in the acquisition of inflectional noun morphology: A cross-linguistic elicited-production study of Polish, Finnish and Estonian. / Granlund, Sonia; Kolak, Joanna; Vihman, Virve; Engelmann, Felix; Lieven, E V M ; Pine, Julian M.; Theakston, Anna; Ambridge, Ben.

In: Journal of Memory and Language, Vol. 107, 21.05.2019, p. 169-194.

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Granlund, Sonia ; Kolak, Joanna ; Vihman, Virve ; Engelmann, Felix ; Lieven, E V M ; Pine, Julian M. ; Theakston, Anna ; Ambridge, Ben. / Language-general and language-specific phenomena in the acquisition of inflectional noun morphology: A cross-linguistic elicited-production study of Polish, Finnish and Estonian. In: Journal of Memory and Language. 2019 ; Vol. 107. pp. 169-194.

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