Mapping lexical innovation on American social media

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Mapping lexical innovation on American social media. / Grieve, Jack; Nini, Andrea; Guo, Diansheng.

In: Journal of English Linguistics, Vol. 46, No. 4, 01.12.2018, p. 293-319.

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Grieve, Jack ; Nini, Andrea ; Guo, Diansheng. / Mapping lexical innovation on American social media. In: Journal of English Linguistics. 2018 ; Vol. 46, No. 4. pp. 293-319.

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