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Name: Richard  L. Epstein
Institution: Rutgers University
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State and/or Country: NJ
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
French
Selected Publications: Epstein, Richard (2001), 'The definite article, accessibility, and the contruction of discourse referents'. in Cognitive Linguistics 12.4:333-378.
Dissertation Abstract: Discourse and Definiteness: Synchronic and diachronic perspectives
Academic Paper Abstract: The distal demonstrative as discourse marker in Beowulf



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