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Multiple Approaches to Complexity in Second Language Research. / Housen, Alex; De Clercq, Bastien; Vedder, Ineke; Kuiken, Folkert.

In: Second Language Research, Vol. 35, No. 1, 1, 10.01.2019, p. 3-21.

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Housen, A, De Clercq, B, Vedder, I & Kuiken, F 2019, 'Multiple Approaches to Complexity in Second Language Research' Second Language Research, vol. 35, no. 1, 1, pp. 3-21. https://doi.org/10.1177/0267658318809765

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Housen, Alex ; De Clercq, Bastien ; Vedder, Ineke ; Kuiken, Folkert. / Multiple Approaches to Complexity in Second Language Research. In: Second Language Research. 2019 ; Vol. 35, No. 1. pp. 3-21.

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