The road to language learning is iconic: evidence from British Sign Language

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The road to language learning is iconic : evidence from British Sign Language. / Thompson, Robin L; Vinson, David P; Woll, Bencie; Vigliocco, Gabriella.

In: Psychological Science, Vol. 23, No. 12, 12.2012, p. 1443-8.

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Thompson, Robin L ; Vinson, David P ; Woll, Bencie ; Vigliocco, Gabriella. / The road to language learning is iconic : evidence from British Sign Language. In: Psychological Science. 2012 ; Vol. 23, No. 12. pp. 1443-8.

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