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A corpus-based study of ‘mixed metaphor’ as a metalinguistic comment

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A corpus-based study of ‘mixed metaphor’ as a metalinguistic comment. / Semino, Elena.

Mixing metaphor. ed. / Gibbs R. W. Jr. Amsterdam : John Benjamins, 2016. p. 203-220 (Metaphor in Language, Cognition, and Communication; Vol. 6).

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Semino, E 2016, A corpus-based study of ‘mixed metaphor’ as a metalinguistic comment. in G R. W. Jr (ed.), Mixing metaphor. Metaphor in Language, Cognition, and Communication, vol. 6, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 203-220.

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Semino, E. (2016). A corpus-based study of ‘mixed metaphor’ as a metalinguistic comment. In G. R. W. Jr (Ed.), Mixing metaphor (pp. 203-220). (Metaphor in Language, Cognition, and Communication; Vol. 6). John Benjamins.

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Semino E. A corpus-based study of ‘mixed metaphor’ as a metalinguistic comment. In R. W. Jr G, editor, Mixing metaphor. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 2016. p. 203-220. (Metaphor in Language, Cognition, and Communication).

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Semino, Elena. / A corpus-based study of ‘mixed metaphor’ as a metalinguistic comment. Mixing metaphor. editor / Gibbs R. W. Jr. Amsterdam : John Benjamins, 2016. pp. 203-220 (Metaphor in Language, Cognition, and Communication).

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