General characteristics of the Germanic languages by Antoine Meillet

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  • Germanic languages -- Grammar, Comparative.

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Originally published: Coral Gables, Fla. : University of Miami Press, 1970. (Miami linguistics series ; no. 6)

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Statementby Antoine Meillet ; translated by William P. Dismukes.
SeriesMiami linguistics series ;, no. 6.
ContributionsDismukes, William P. 1903-
LC ClassificationsPD101 .M413 2005
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Paginationp. cm.
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Open LibraryOL3426679M
ISBN 100817352953
ISBN 109780817352950
LC Control Number2005050580

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