Functionalism yes, biologism no

@article{Itkonen1999FunctionalismYB,
  title={Functionalism yes, biologism no},
  author={E. Itkonen},
  journal={Zeitschrift f{\"u}r Sprachwissenschaft},
  year={1999},
  volume={18},
  pages={219 - 221}
}
  • E. Itkonen
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft
  • As I see it, Haspelmath pursues two distinct goals in his paper. First, he wishes to reinterpret the constraints of Optimality Theory (= OT) in functionalist terms, more precisely in terms of 'user optimality*. Second, he wishes to interpret user optimality as a form of 'linguistic adaptation* (= „grammatical structures are adapted to the needs of language users"), with the understanding that „linguistic adaptation is in many ways analogous to biological adaptation" (emphasis E. I.). It seems… CONTINUE READING
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