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

35.3 Fragmentary Sources of Strength and Alliteration

A common example of this phenomenon is alliteration in poetry: “The faint fresh flame of the young year flushes from leaf to flower and flower to fruit.” In this line, there is presumably a thematic controlling variable that strengthens such responses as “new,” “beginning,” “fresh,” etc.

Fragmentary Source of Strength

A type of stimulus control with the following features:

The response form is multiply controlled

At least one of the controlling variables strengthens only one part of the response form

Which types of elementary verbal relationships are involved

The response topography

A 35.3 Fragmentary Source of Alliterative Strength heralds the fresh flame of this young year's new beginning.

From Chorus by Algernon Charles Swinburne

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