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Media: IHT: Meanwhile: The world is Englishing

Submitter: Anthony Aristar

Submitter Email: aristar@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics

Media Body: An interesting article on the spread of the English gerund suffix in
non-English-speaking countries.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/04/11/news/edmoore.html
Issue Number: 16.1164
Date Posted: April 12, 2005

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