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Linguistic and nonlinguistic coding of spatial arrays: Explorations in Mayan cognition. Working Paper 24

  title={Linguistic and nonlinguistic coding of spatial arrays: Explorations in Mayan cognition. Working Paper 24},
  author={Penelope E. Brown and Stephen C. Levinson},
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