The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 3–4 | Cite as

A Note on the Composition of Verbal Response Forms

  • Vicki L. Lee


This note is about composition—the process by which fragments of verbal behavior are combined in novel verbal forms. The note begins by discussing recent studies of morpheme combining behavior. It then outlines the concept of composition and shows how the concept implies a new direction for this area of research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vicki L. Lee
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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