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

26.6 Metonymical Extension Example #5

If you had learned to say “espadrille” as a result of hearing “a sandal with a canvas upper and a roped sole usually made in Spain,” you might have some tendency to say “espadrille” as a result of hearing about “a shoe with a cloth upper and leather sole usually made in Spain.” In this example, the irrelevant feature of “Made in Spain” exerts some control over the response.

Metonymical Extension

An instance of verbal behavior with the following features:

The response form has already been acquired in one or more of the elementary verbal relationships

The stimulus must be novel

The novel stimulus must have none of the relevant features of the class of stimuli that previously controlled the response

The type of elementary verbal relationship

Formal and dynamic characteristics of both the stimulus and the response

Whether or not the current response is followed by reinforcement

A pair of shoes with a speech bubble that says i just bought leather shoes usually made in spain.
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