Typological variation across Mandarin dialects: An areal perspective with a quantitative approach

  title={Typological variation across Mandarin dialects: An areal perspective with a quantitative approach},
  author={Pui Yiu Szeto and Umberto Ansaldo and Stephen Matthews},
  journal={Linguistic Typology},
  pages={233 - 275}
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