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Usage Fluctuation Analysis: A new way of analysing shifts in historical discourse

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Usage Fluctuation Analysis : A new way of analysing shifts in historical discourse. / McEnery, Anthony; Brezina, Vaclav; Baker, Helen.

In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, Vol. 24, No. 4, 10.10.2019, p. 413-444.

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McEnery, A, Brezina, V & Baker, H 2019, 'Usage Fluctuation Analysis: A new way of analysing shifts in historical discourse', International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 413-444.

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McEnery A, Brezina V, Baker H. Usage Fluctuation Analysis: A new way of analysing shifts in historical discourse. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. 2019 Oct 10;24(4):413-444.

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McEnery, Anthony ; Brezina, Vaclav ; Baker, Helen. / Usage Fluctuation Analysis : A new way of analysing shifts in historical discourse. In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. 2019 ; Vol. 24, No. 4. pp. 413-444.

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