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The acquisition of the active transitive construction in English: A detailed case study. / Theakston, A. L.; Maslen, R.; Lieven, E. V. M; Tomasello, M.

Cognitive Linguistics: The Quantitative Turn. ed. / L.A Janda. Berlin : de Gruyter, Walter GmbH & Co, 2013. p. 103-140.

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Theakston, AL, Maslen, R, Lieven, EVM & Tomasello, M 2013, The acquisition of the active transitive construction in English: A detailed case study. in LA Janda (ed.), Cognitive Linguistics: The Quantitative Turn. de Gruyter, Walter GmbH & Co, Berlin, pp. 103-140.

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Theakston, A. L., Maslen, R., Lieven, E. V. M., & Tomasello, M. (2013). The acquisition of the active transitive construction in English: A detailed case study. In L. A. Janda (Ed.), Cognitive Linguistics: The Quantitative Turn (pp. 103-140). Berlin: de Gruyter, Walter GmbH & Co.

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Theakston AL, Maslen R, Lieven EVM, Tomasello M. The acquisition of the active transitive construction in English: A detailed case study. In Janda LA, editor, Cognitive Linguistics: The Quantitative Turn. Berlin: de Gruyter, Walter GmbH & Co. 2013. p. 103-140

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Theakston, A. L. ; Maslen, R. ; Lieven, E. V. M ; Tomasello, M. / The acquisition of the active transitive construction in English: A detailed case study. Cognitive Linguistics: The Quantitative Turn. editor / L.A Janda. Berlin : de Gruyter, Walter GmbH & Co, 2013. pp. 103-140

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