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Fauconnier & Turner 2002, The way we think

Language and other human complex expressive abilities are consequences of the development, fifty thousand years ago, of the uniquely human capacity for advanced conceptual integration. Expressions are prompts for conceptual integration patterns. We use them to prompt other people to perform conceptual integrations. Once double-scope blending became available to human.

Givón 2001, Syntax, Vol I

The antecedence of functionalism in linguistics should not be sought primarily in the work of linguists, but rather in the work of antropologists, psycologists, and biologists. And long before them, in the work of philosophers. […] however, the best point of departure for functionalism is to be found in biology,.