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Re: Metathetic vs. Prothetic & Sensory Scales


You are right:  I do believe that the distinction between metathetic and
prothetic continua is artificial.  Indeed, the literature furnishes
evidence that when we ask subjects to estimate relative sensory magnitudes
(such as judging half-loudness, half-brightness, or half-pitch) their
answers are based upon experience with associated physical scales.


Jont Allen wrote on 4 September:

>Are you saying then that the Prothetic/Metathetic distinction is
>artificial?  This seems to me to be where you are going with this
>discussion.  The only litmus test of metathetic has been removed by
>Stevens himself?  This seems to be somewhat inconsistent on his part.
>What am I missing here?


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