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

40.1 Definition of Word Blend and Phrase Blend

Fragments may recombine either at the word level or at the phrase level. Saying “tair” as a result of looking at a chair and a table is a word blend. Saying “right out” as a result of a tendency to say both “far out” and “right on” is a phrase blend. The key distinction is in the size of the fragments that form the recombination. If the fragments are only letters, or phonemes, then the new response is a word blend. If, on the other hand, the fragments consist of entire words, then the new blend is a phrase blend.

A cartoon of a man sitting at a table with a drink, illustrating the concept of blend.

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A cartoon illustrating a word blend or phrase blend with a man and woman.

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