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Abstract

In their reply to my recent article in this journal, “The Long Good-bye: Why B. F. Skinner’s Verbal Behavior Is Alive and Well on the 50th Anniversary of Its Publication” (Schlinger, 2008a), Dymond and Alonso-Álvarez (2010) assert that I neglected to mention a controversial debate within behavior analysis about the consistency of Skinner’s interpretation in Verbal Behavior (1957) and that I failed to acknowledge more recent accounts of verbal behavior, most notably, relational frame theory. Furthermore, these authors claim that Skinner’s book has had very little impact on empirical research. In responding to their concerns, I reiterate that the interpretation in Verbal Behavior is consistent with the extant principles of behavior and that it has generated both practical applications and empirical research.

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