A history of language
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A history of language by Steven R. Fischer

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Published by Reaktion Books in London .
Written in English


  • Historical linguistics,
  • Sociolinguistics

Book details:

Edition Notes

StatementSteven Roger Fischer
The Physical Object
Pagination270 pages
Number of Pages270
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL26959871M
ISBN 101780239033
ISBN 109781780239033

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