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ERIC Number: EJ848683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1554-4893
Separate but Interlocking Accounts of the Behavior of Both Speaker and Listener: When the Listener Speaks Is There More to Listening Then Just Listening?
Thomas, C. A.
Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention, v1 n1 p105-113 2004
The very fact that behavior analysts have so carefully analyzed the speaker in terms of maintaining variables, but disregard the listener's behavior as broadly "receptive" unless the listener vocalizes (then applying the operants of the speaker until the listener, stops vocalizing) seems to be missing the point of Skinner's original analysis in the first place. This paper seeks to point out the need for greater research and development in the area of listener responding, including when the listener vocalizes and take the current analysis of verbal behavior beyond the broad category of "receptive" behavior to a place where we can scientifically separate the many non-vocative and vocative responses of the listener allowing behavior analysts to have a greater ability to accurately analyze the total verbal discourse. (Contains 7 figures.)
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A