Verbal Behavior

Verbal Behavior is a 1957 book by psychologist B.F. Skinner that analyzes human behavior, encompassing what is traditionally called language, linguistics, or speech. For Skinner, verbal behavior is simply behavior subject to the same controlling variables as any other operant behavior, although Skinner differentiates between verbal behavior which is mediated by other people, and that which is mediated by the natural world. The book Verbal Behavior is almost entirely theoretical, involving little experimental research in the work itself. It was an outgrowth of a series of lectures first presented at the University of Minnesota in the early 1940s and developed further in his summer lectures at Columbia and William James lectures at Harvard in the decade before the book's publication. A growing body of research and applications based on Verbal Behavior have occurred since its original publication, particularly in the past decade.

Verbal Behavior
Author(s) B.F. Skinner
Country United States
Language English
Subject(s) Human Language, Communication, Speech, Linguistics
Publisher Copley Publishing Group
Publication date 1957, 1992
Pages 478
ISBN ISBN 1-58390-021-7 (case), ISBN 0-87411-591-4 (pbk.)
OCLC Number 251221179

In addition a growing body of research has developed on structural topics in verbal behavior such as grammar.

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