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Just plain Wronga?: a multimodal critical analysis of online payday loan discourse

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Just plain Wronga? a multimodal critical analysis of online payday loan discourse . / Brookes, Gavin; Harvey, Kevin.

In: Critical Discourse Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2017, p. 167-187.

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Brookes G, Harvey K. Just plain Wronga? a multimodal critical analysis of online payday loan discourse . Critical Discourse Studies. 2017;14(2):167-187. Epub 2016 Nov 15. doi: 10.1080/17405904.2016.1250651

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Brookes, Gavin ; Harvey, Kevin. / Just plain Wronga? a multimodal critical analysis of online payday loan discourse . In: Critical Discourse Studies. 2017 ; Vol. 14, No. 2. pp. 167-187.

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