Biology: A Newcomer in Linguistics

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Many thanks to J. F. Christensen and A. Gomila for helpful comments on a previous draft. This work was supported by the BES-2008-003607 Grant and the Project FFI2010-20759.

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Barceló-Coblijn, L. Biology: A Newcomer in Linguistics. Biol Theory 7, 281–284 (2013).

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