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August 1966

Pathological and Normal Language.

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By Julius Laffal. Price $8.50. Pp 249, with 5 illustrations. Atherton Press, 70 fifth Ave, New York 10011, 1965.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(2):222-221. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730140108024

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This book presents an effort to integrate knowledge of verbal behavior, drawn from a wide variety of sources, with the goal of developing a model for the analysis of verbal behavior. Beginning with a concept of how words are related to psychological and social processes, the developments in Gestalt psychology which lead to a "field theory" of language are introduced as a theoretical basis for the formation of a system of categories. The experimental work of the word associationists demonstrates that there are hierarchies of responses to a word stimulus, with associations occurring on a continuum. This data is linked with the concept

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