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The limits of infants’ early word learning. / Taxitari, Loukia; Twomey, Katherine; Westermann, Gert et al.

In: Language Learning and Development, Vol. 16, No. 1, 01.03.2020, p. 1-21.

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Taxitari, L, Twomey, K, Westermann, G & Mani, N 2020, 'The limits of infants’ early word learning', Language Learning and Development, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/15475441.2019.1670184

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Taxitari, L., Twomey, K., Westermann, G., & Mani, N. (2020). The limits of infants’ early word learning. Language Learning and Development, 16(1), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/15475441.2019.1670184

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Taxitari L, Twomey K, Westermann G, Mani N. The limits of infants’ early word learning. Language Learning and Development. 2020 Mar 1;16(1):1-21. Epub 2019 Oct 1. doi: 10.1080/15475441.2019.1670184

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Taxitari, Loukia ; Twomey, Katherine ; Westermann, Gert et al. / The limits of infants’ early word learning. In: Language Learning and Development. 2020 ; Vol. 16, No. 1. pp. 1-21.

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