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A taste of words : linguistic context and perceptual simulation predict the modality of words. / Louwerse, Max; Connell, Louise.

In: Cognitive Science, Vol. 35, No. 2, 03.2011, p. 381-398.

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Louwerse, Max ; Connell, Louise. / A taste of words : linguistic context and perceptual simulation predict the modality of words. In: Cognitive Science. 2011 ; Vol. 35, No. 2. pp. 381-398.

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