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

46.11 Generic and Metaphorical Extension and the Autoclitic Tact

Metaphorical or generic extension can also be a controlling variable for responses such as “like” in the case of metaphorical extension and “kind of” or “sort of” in the case of generic extension. When we say “a dog is like a wolf,” the autoclitic tact “like” is controlled by the nature of the stimulus control: the fact that only some of the stimuli that typically control the response are currently present. “Kind of” or “sort of” is controlled by the presence of unusual accompanying stimulus features that are irrelevant.

Autoclitic Tact

A verbal relationship with the following features:

A non-verbal stimulus

The non-verbal stimulus is some aspect of a primary verbal relationship

The specific features of the controlling relationship (e.g., receptor being stimulated or the intensity or strength of the stimulation; stimulation may include an establishing response)

The form of the response

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