Language games : a productive metaphor for discursive research?

Moore, Jed and McInnes, Peter (2018) Language games : a productive metaphor for discursive research? In: 13th International Conference on Organizational Discourse, 2018-07-11 - 2018-07-12, Cass Business School.

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