Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior has received an unwarranted amount of criticism over the years, and the recently published reviews of Verbal Behavior by U. T. Place contribute to this body of negative literature. It is argued that Place, like those before him, has failed to appreciate several critical features of behaviorism and Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior. Place’s “four major defects in Verbal Behavior” are reviewed and analyzed. The results seem to indicate that Place’s dissatisfaction with the book would be greatly reduced by a better understanding of Skinner’s work.
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