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Language and significance - or the importance of import: implications for critical discourse analysis.

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Language and significance - or the importance of import: implications for critical discourse analysis. / Sayer, R. A.

In: Journal of Language and Politics, Vol. 5, No. 3, 01.12.2006, p. 449-471.

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Sayer, R. A. / Language and significance - or the importance of import: implications for critical discourse analysis. In: Journal of Language and Politics. 2006 ; Vol. 5, No. 3. pp. 449-471.

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