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

46.9 Metonymical Extension and the Autoclitic Tact

Often the primary response may be a case of metonymical extension. A child who has always seen an orange at the breakfast table may have a tendency to say “orange” one morning when there are no oranges present because all of the other features that accompanied the orange in the past are present.

A boy is eating orange cereal with an autoclitic tact.

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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