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Linguistic ethnography in realist perspective. / Sealey, Alison.

In: Journal of Sociolinguistics, Vol. 11, No. 5, 11.2007, p. 641-660.

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Sealey, A 2007, 'Linguistic ethnography in realist perspective', Journal of Sociolinguistics, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 641-660. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9841.2007.00344.x

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Sealey, Alison. / Linguistic ethnography in realist perspective. In: Journal of Sociolinguistics. 2007 ; Vol. 11, No. 5. pp. 641-660.

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