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Genre-related language change: Discourse- and corpus-linguistic perspectives on Austrian German 1970-2010

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Genre-related language change : Discourse- and corpus-linguistic perspectives on Austrian German 1970-2010. / Rheindorf, M.; Wodak, R.

In: Folia Linguistica, Vol. 53, No. 1, 30.03.2019, p. 125-167.

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