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Lexical and grammatical properties of Translational Chinese: translation universal hypotheses reevaluated from the Chinese perspective

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Lexical and grammatical properties of Translational Chinese : translation universal hypotheses reevaluated from the Chinese perspective. / Xiao, Richard; Dai, Guangrong.

In: Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, Vol. 10, No. 1, 05.2014, p. 11-55.

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Xiao, Richard ; Dai, Guangrong. / Lexical and grammatical properties of Translational Chinese : translation universal hypotheses reevaluated from the Chinese perspective. In: Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory. 2014 ; Vol. 10, No. 1. pp. 11-55.

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