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Kabatek, J. (2014). Introduction: On invisible hands, visible speakers, and “language dynamics”. ENERGEIA. ONLINE JOURNAL FOR LINGUISTICS, LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY AND HISTORY OF LINGUISTICS, (V), I-IX.



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