ERIC Number: EJ1163096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reflections on "Verbal Behavior" at 60
Schlinger, Henry D., Jr.
Analysis of Verbal Behavior, v33 n2 p179-190 Oct 2017
In the present essay, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the publication of B. F. Skinner's "Verbal Behavior", I stand by and defend the judgment I expressed in my article "The Long Goodbye: Why B. F. Skinner's 'Verbal Behavior' Is Alive and Well on the 50th Anniversary of Its Publication" (2008c)--that Skinner's "interpretation of the behavior of the "speaker," given the contingencies of reinforcement maintained by the community" (Skinner, 1987, p. 11), is not only adequate but is also consistent with the principles of operant learning. To that I add some of my reflections on the book after having taught it for years and having written numerous articles extending Skinner's analysis to related topics.
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