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June 1969

Language Behavior in Schizophrenia.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(6):736-737. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740180120021

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This collection of 13 papers is supposed to provide "a representative sample of current works on schizophrenic language behavior," to exemplify "encouraging signs of an early end to professional isolation" in the study of psychopathological language, and to present in tandem theoretical papers and research reports. This book, however, achieves much less than it promises.

The three experimental works included reflect the trend generated by learning theories; ie, schizophrenics' error tendency (Chapman), associative interference (Spence and Lair), and speech manipulated by operant technique (Salzinger et al). The fourth experimental paper (Eliseo) is a replication of Chapman's above work using process and reactive schizophrenics as subjects. The development of classification systems for analyses of the patients' free speech (Laffal), vocabulary definitions (Richman), and gibberish (Robertson and Shamsie) is also included and could be regarded as another trend in the field. Few people would object to the

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