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Social categories and sociolinguistics: applying a realist approach

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Social categories and sociolinguistics : applying a realist approach. / Sealey, Alison; Carter, Bob.

In: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Vol. 152, 12.2001, p. 1-19.

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Sealey, A & Carter, B 2001, 'Social categories and sociolinguistics: applying a realist approach' International Journal of the Sociology of Language, vol. 152, pp. 1-19.

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Sealey, A., & Carter, B. (2001). Social categories and sociolinguistics: applying a realist approach. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 152, 1-19.

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Sealey A, Carter B. Social categories and sociolinguistics: applying a realist approach. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 2001 Dec;152:1-19.

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Sealey, Alison ; Carter, Bob. / Social categories and sociolinguistics : applying a realist approach. In: International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 2001 ; Vol. 152. pp. 1-19.

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