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Bloomfield and Skinner: Speech-Community, Functions of Language, and Scientific Activity

Author(s): Maria de Lourdes R. da F. Passos (UFRJ)

Journal: Journal of Speech and Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis
ISSN 1932-4731

Volume: 1;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 83;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Bloomfield | Skinner | verbal behavior | speech-community | functions of language | scientific activity.

The approaches of Bloomfield and Skinner on the topics of speech-community, functions of language, and language and scientific activity are characterized; a comparative analysis follows; and approximations between the two authors are pointed out. The most important approximations are the verbal community as the ultimate source of language; the main function of language of obtaining practical effects in the world; the characterization of aconsiderable part of scientific activity as verbal; and the scientific activity as being deeply committed with successful action. The difference found is related to the subject matter: Bloomfield describes the system of the language of the community, and Skinner does the functional analysis of the repertoire of the individual.

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