Functionalism yes, biologism no

  title={Functionalism yes, biologism no},
  author={Esa Itkonen},
  journal={Zeitschrift f{\"u}r Sprachwissenschaft},
  pages={219 - 221}
  • E. Itkonen
  • Published 1999
  • Linguistics
  • Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft
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