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VERBAL. Parol; by word of mouth; as verbal agreement; verbal evidence. Not in writing.

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Motivation (causing mands), environmental events (causing tacts), another speaker's speech (causing echoics), printed or other visual stimuli (causing textuals), one's own speech (causing intraverbals) and the audience (producing an effect on those verbal operants) exemplify the six kinds of stimulus control of the first five kinds of verbal operants.
Instead, Skinner proposed that the number and strength of variables present in a given situation determines the selection of verbal operants.
In his book Verbal Behavior, Skinner (1957) defined language as a learned behavior that is established by its antecedents and its consequences in the same manner that nonverbal behavior is acquired.
Different verbal behaviors are acquired during the course of development, each with a specific function, which Skinner termed verbal operants.
A source of confusion in the field of SLP has been in defining the terms "speech," "language," "communication," and "verbal." Reports of a student including phrases such as "not verbal," or "non-verbal," can lead to erroneous conclusions.
Skinner's definition also helps us to identify behaviors of a student that are not verbal behavior.
In speaking to issues relevant to human verbal behavior, B.
The purpose of this commentary is to provide a brief overview of one perspective on the progress and challenges involved with developing a science of verbal behavior (Leigland, 2001).
Key words: verbal behavior, Verbal Behavior, behavior analysis, B.
In 1957, Skinner published the book Verbal Behavior, in which he proposed a new way of understanding the phenomenon that has been treated and traditionally known as "language." Skinner's proposal differs greatly from other theories that also seek to study and explain language.
(3) The misconception that just doing, for example mand and intraverbal training, or using an assessment tool associated with VB (e.g., the BLAF, ABLLS, VB-MAPP) one is now "doing verbal behavior." On a number of occasions I've encountered situations where the word "requesting" is replaced with the word "manding" in the training material and on the data sheets and the program is then presented as a "verbal behavior program." While this is a step in the right direction, the use of Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior as a foundation for an assessment and intervention program is far more complex than just doing requesting or mand training.
Although the behavioral treatment techniques used in speech and language training are based on Skinner's experimenta1 analysis of behavior (Skinner, 1953) and the resulting operant conditioning techniques, academic training of SLPs do not seem to include the behavioral (operant) view of verbal behavior to any significant extent (See Table 1).

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