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Review of geographic variation in terrestrial mammalian acoustic signals: human speech variation in a omparative perspective

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Review of geographic variation in terrestrial mammalian acoustic signals : human speech variation in a omparative perspective. / Lameira, Adriano R.; Delgado, Roberto A.; Wich, Serge A.

In: Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, Vol. 8, No. 4, 12.2010, p. 309-332.

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Lameira, AR, Delgado, RA & Wich, SA 2010, 'Review of geographic variation in terrestrial mammalian acoustic signals: human speech variation in a omparative perspective', Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 309-332. https://doi.org/10.1556/JEP.8.2010.4.2

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Lameira, A. R., Delgado, R. A., & Wich, S. A. (2010). Review of geographic variation in terrestrial mammalian acoustic signals: human speech variation in a omparative perspective. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 8(4), 309-332. https://doi.org/10.1556/JEP.8.2010.4.2

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Lameira AR, Delgado RA, Wich SA. Review of geographic variation in terrestrial mammalian acoustic signals: human speech variation in a omparative perspective. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology. 2010 Dec;8(4):309-332. https://doi.org/10.1556/JEP.8.2010.4.2

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Lameira, Adriano R. ; Delgado, Roberto A. ; Wich, Serge A. / Review of geographic variation in terrestrial mammalian acoustic signals : human speech variation in a omparative perspective. In: Journal of Evolutionary Psychology. 2010 ; Vol. 8, No. 4. pp. 309-332.

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