Introductory Concepts
Elementary Relationships
Extensions of Verbal Behavior
Multiple Controlling Relationships
Building on the Elementary Relationships

21.4 ASL Intraverbal

A sign in ASL as the result of the word written in English is not analogous to textual behavior because there is no point-to-point correspondence between the sign and the controlling stimulus. This would have to be classified as a type of ASL intraverbal. Another form of ASL intraverbal would involve making the sign “cat” as a result of seeing the sign “dog.” The ASL intraverbal which had the English word as the controlling variable is the same type of intraverbal discussed in the acquisition of a foreign language. Indeed, ASL and English are two different languages.

A man making the ok sign with his hands using American Sign Language (ASL).
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