Jackson Brown & Hooper, 2017

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APA Citation: 

Jackson Brown, F., & Hooper, N. (3 June, 2017). Spoken rules. New Scientist, 36-39.

Publication Topic: 
CBS: Conceptual
RFT: Conceptual
Publication Type: 
Article
Language: 
English
Keyword(s): 
RFT, language
Abstract: 

Sixty years ago, renowned Harvard psychologist B. F. Skinner published one of the most important books ever written about language. Verbal Behavior offered a comprehensive account of our unique capacity for symbolic communication, arguing forcefully over nearly 500 pages that it was learned rather than innate. The culmination of years of work, it was certainly influential – although not in the way Skinner anticipated. Rather than propelling his ideas into the limelight, it sparked a counter-revolution that catapulted a rival theory to worldwide acclaim.

Now, though, that rival theory is in decline and some of Skinner’s ideas are making an unexpected comeback. In recent years, psychologists have discovered that language really is learned, emerging from some general skills that are taught to children in the first few years of life. Surprisingly, these are not grand intellectual feats. Rather they can appear almost trivial – as simple as grasping the relationships between things, such as a large ball and a small one...

 

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23431280-200-spoken-rules/