TWO EXAMPLES OF PARSING PART OF AN ACT

WTP-ACTS.DOC

   A WAY OF POURING A GLASS OF JUICE AND PUTTING PITCHER IN REFRIGERATOR

     BEHAVIOR MEANS VARIABLE REFERENCE

  COMMON-LANGUAGE BEHAVIOR OR VARIABLE INTENDED STATE
    DESCRIPTION ACTION THAT AFFECTED OF THE
   OF "BEHAVIOR" TRANSPIRES BY BEHAVIOR VARIABLE
    OR "ACTION" OR ACTION

    open door of grasp handle,
    refrigerator pull angle of door 80-90 degrees

                                         distance of
    take pitcher pitcher from
    from refrigerator grasp, lift refrigerator 2 feet from
                                                         refrigerator

        close
    refrigerator
         door push angle of door Zero degrees

     distance of
     place pitcher pitcher to
       on counter grasp, lower counter Zero distance

     open cupboard
          door grasp, pull angle of door 80-90 degrees

      take glass from distance of
        cupboard glass
                          grasp, lift from cupboard 2 feet from
                                                           cupboard

       put glass on distance of glass
        counter grasp, lower from counter
                                                          Zero distance

        close cupboard
        door push angle of door Zero degrees

        pour juice in grasp pitcher, amount of juice (?) 1/2 "
             glass lift, tilt in glass from lip
                                                             of glass (?)

        open refrigerator grasp handle,
             door pull angle of door 80-90 degrees

        distance between
         put pitcher in pitcher and
         refrigerator grasp, lift refrigerator Zero distance

       close refrigerator
          door push angle of door Zero degrees

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           CONTROL ACTIONS INVOLVED IN GETTING READY (FIXIN') TO BACK A
                     STICK-SHIFT TRUCK OUT OF THE DRIVEWAY

      BEHAVIOR MEANS VARIABLE REFERENCE

   COMMON-LANGUAGE BEHAVIOR OR VARIABLE INTENDED STATE
     DESCRIPTION ACTION THAT AFFECTED OF THE
    OF "BEHAVIOR" TRANSPIRES BY BEHAVIOR VARIABLE
     OR "ACTION" OR ACTION

       Open door Grasp, pull Angle of door 80 degrees

         Get in Bend, sit, Relationship Seated
                         slide to seat

        Shut door Grasp, pull Angle of door 0 degrees

        Fasten belt Push together Distance between Zero distance
                                            fastners

        Adjust rear Grasp, twist Displacement Zero
        view mirror mirror rear window image displacement

          Depress Push with Extention of Fully
           clutch left leg leg extended

         Insert key Extend arm Distance, key Zero
                                            to keyhole distance

         Start engine twist Sound of starter Whirrrrr,
                                           and engine vroom

           Shift to Grasp, push Position of Coordinates of
           reverse shift lever reverse gear

        *From W. T. Powers (1979)

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