Agreeing to Disagree: The Measurement of Duration in a Southwestern Ethiopian Community [and Comments and Reply]

  title={Agreeing to Disagree: The Measurement of Duration in a Southwestern Ethiopian Community [and Comments and Reply]},
  author={David J. Turton and Clive Ruggles and Anthony Francis Aveni and Elizabeth Chesley Baity and Catherine A. Callaghan and Marvin Cohodas and James Dow and W. R. Hirschberg and Alice Beck Kehoe and Jonathan E. Reyman and James L. Swauger and Serge Tornay and Gary Urton},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={585 - 600}
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