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Reading in Spanish and Italian: effects of age of acquisition in transparent orthographies?

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Reading in Spanish and Italian : effects of age of acquisition in transparent orthographies? / Davies, Robert; Wilson, Maximiliano; Cuetos, Fernando; Burani, Cristina.

In: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology , Vol. 67, No. 9, 2014, p. 1808-1825.

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Davies, R, Wilson, M, Cuetos, F & Burani, C 2014, 'Reading in Spanish and Italian: effects of age of acquisition in transparent orthographies?', The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology , vol. 67, no. 9, pp. 1808-1825. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2013.872155

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Davies, R., Wilson, M., Cuetos, F., & Burani, C. (2014). Reading in Spanish and Italian: effects of age of acquisition in transparent orthographies? The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology , 67(9), 1808-1825. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2013.872155

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Davies R, Wilson M, Cuetos F, Burani C. Reading in Spanish and Italian: effects of age of acquisition in transparent orthographies? The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology . 2014;67(9):1808-1825. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2013.872155

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Davies, Robert ; Wilson, Maximiliano ; Cuetos, Fernando ; Burani, Cristina. / Reading in Spanish and Italian : effects of age of acquisition in transparent orthographies?. In: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology . 2014 ; Vol. 67, No. 9. pp. 1808-1825.

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