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A Methodological Synthesis of Self-Paced Reading in Second Language Research: Methodological synthesis of SPR tests

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A Methodological Synthesis of Self-Paced Reading in Second Language Research : Methodological synthesis of SPR tests. / Marsden, Emma Josephine; Thompson, Sophie; Plonsky, Luke.

In: Applied Psycholinguistics, Vol. 39, No. 5, 01.09.2018, p. 861–904.

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Marsden, EJ, Thompson, S & Plonsky, L 2018, 'A Methodological Synthesis of Self-Paced Reading in Second Language Research: Methodological synthesis of SPR tests', Applied Psycholinguistics, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 861–904. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0142716418000036

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Marsden, E. J., Thompson, S., & Plonsky, L. (2018). A Methodological Synthesis of Self-Paced Reading in Second Language Research: Methodological synthesis of SPR tests. Applied Psycholinguistics, 39(5), 861–904. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0142716418000036

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Marsden EJ, Thompson S, Plonsky L. A Methodological Synthesis of Self-Paced Reading in Second Language Research: Methodological synthesis of SPR tests. Applied Psycholinguistics. 2018 Sep 1;39(5):861–904. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0142716418000036

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Marsden, Emma Josephine ; Thompson, Sophie ; Plonsky, Luke. / A Methodological Synthesis of Self-Paced Reading in Second Language Research : Methodological synthesis of SPR tests. In: Applied Psycholinguistics. 2018 ; Vol. 39, No. 5. pp. 861–904.

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