Why would anyone take long?Citation formats

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Why would anyone take long? Word classes and Construction Grammar in the history of long. / Denison, David.

Category change from a constructional perspective. ed. / Kristel Van Goethem; Muriel Norde; Evie Coussé; Gudrun Vanderbauwhede. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018. p. 119-148 (Constructional Approaches to Language).

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Harvard

Denison, D 2018, Why would anyone take long? Word classes and Construction Grammar in the history of long. in K Van Goethem, M Norde, E Coussé & G Vanderbauwhede (eds), Category change from a constructional perspective. Constructional Approaches to Language, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, pp. 119-148.

APA

Denison, D. (2018). Why would anyone take long? Word classes and Construction Grammar in the history of long. In K. Van Goethem, M. Norde, E. Coussé, & G. Vanderbauwhede (Eds.), Category change from a constructional perspective (pp. 119-148). (Constructional Approaches to Language). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Vancouver

Denison D. Why would anyone take long? Word classes and Construction Grammar in the history of long. In Van Goethem K, Norde M, Coussé E, Vanderbauwhede G, editors, Category change from a constructional perspective. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 2018. p. 119-148. (Constructional Approaches to Language).

Author

Denison, David. / Why would anyone take long? Word classes and Construction Grammar in the history of long. Category change from a constructional perspective. editor / Kristel Van Goethem ; Muriel Norde ; Evie Coussé ; Gudrun Vanderbauwhede. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018. pp. 119-148 (Constructional Approaches to Language).

Bibtex

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