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

41.3 Definition of Standard and Non-Standard Forms

Response forms that are typically reinforced by the verbal community are called standard forms. Response forms that are not are called non-standard forms. Generally, a non-standard form is not reinforced and is not more likely to be emitted in the future than it was in the past. Occasionally, however, a non-standard response form will receive some reinforcement and will, in fact, be more likely to be emitted in similar situations in the future.

A cartoon woman blowing out a birthday cake candle.

standard form

A cartoon man talking on the phone with a speech bubble saying you're making me grumpy, showcasing non-standard forms.

non-standard form

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