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Micro-variation in subject agreement: The case of existential pivots with split focus in Romance. / Bentley, Delia; Ciconte, Francesco Maria; Cruschina, Silvio.

In: Italian Journal of Linguistics, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2013, p. 15-43.

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Bentley, D, Ciconte, FM & Cruschina, S 2013, 'Micro-variation in subject agreement: The case of existential pivots with split focus in Romance', Italian Journal of Linguistics, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 15-43.

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Bentley, D., Ciconte, F. M., & Cruschina, S. (2013). Micro-variation in subject agreement: The case of existential pivots with split focus in Romance. Italian Journal of Linguistics, 25(1), 15-43.

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Bentley D, Ciconte FM, Cruschina S. Micro-variation in subject agreement: The case of existential pivots with split focus in Romance. Italian Journal of Linguistics. 2013;25(1):15-43.

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Bentley, Delia ; Ciconte, Francesco Maria ; Cruschina, Silvio. / Micro-variation in subject agreement: The case of existential pivots with split focus in Romance. In: Italian Journal of Linguistics. 2013 ; Vol. 25, No. 1. pp. 15-43.

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