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‘I just couldn't do it’: representations of constraint in an oral history corpus

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‘I just couldn't do it’ : representations of constraint in an oral history corpus. / Sealey, Alison.

In: Critical Discourse Studies, Vol. 9, No. 3, 01.08.2012, p. 195-210.

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Sealey A. ‘I just couldn't do it’: representations of constraint in an oral history corpus. Critical Discourse Studies. 2012 Aug 1;9(3):195-210. doi: 10.1080/17405904.2012.688295

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Sealey, Alison. / ‘I just couldn't do it’ : representations of constraint in an oral history corpus. In: Critical Discourse Studies. 2012 ; Vol. 9, No. 3. pp. 195-210.

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