Introduction to an article in JEAB 1996, 65,
pp 252-255, as part of the commentary on the article by Horne
and Lowe on the naming relation.
Joint Control and Word-Object Bi-directionality
Through their notion of the naming relation Horne and Lowe
seek to provide a comprehensive account of the origin of novel, untrained,
bi-directional relations between words and objects. The operants
that must be trained to produce this relation are uncontroversial, but
I don't believe the naming relation successfully explains where novel word-object
relations come from. And so, after examining their formulations,
I propose an alternative. (based on the notion of joint control).
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