Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Correspondences between the interactive alignment account and Skinner's in Verbal Behavior

Joseph J. Pear a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada


Pickering & Garrod's (P&G's) interactive alignment account corresponds directly with the account Skinner (1957) gave in his book Verbal Behavior. This correspondence becomes evident when “properties of verbal stimuli” substitutes for “channels of alignment.” Skinner's account appears to have the dual advantages of requiring fewer basic terms and integrating the field of verbal behavior with the whole field of human behavior.