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Affirmatives in Early Modern English : Yes, yea and ay. / Culpeper, Jonathan Vaughan.

In: Journal of Historical Pragmatics, Vol. 19, No. 2, 01.02.2019, p. 243–264.

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Culpeper, JV 2019, 'Affirmatives in Early Modern English: Yes, yea and ay', Journal of Historical Pragmatics, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 243–264. https://doi.org/10.1075/jhp.00021.cul

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Culpeper, Jonathan Vaughan. / Affirmatives in Early Modern English : Yes, yea and ay. In: Journal of Historical Pragmatics. 2019 ; Vol. 19, No. 2. pp. 243–264.

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