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Subject: pitch
Date:    Thu, 27 Aug 1998 10:23:28 -0400

Dear List, Here is a technical note on the description of pitch. The discussion to date has not distinguished between prothetic and metathetic quantities. Prothetic is associated with amount; metathetic is a point on a scale. Loudness is prothetic, we say, "More loudness." Pitch is metathetic, we say, "Higher pitch." We don't say, "More pitch." Therefore, it is not appropriate to compare pitch (metathetic) with the mass of animals (prothetic). For more about this there is the book by Larry Marks called the New Psychophysics, or the book by me called Signals, Sound, and Sensation (Chapter 4). Best, Bill Hartmann Email to AUDITORY should now be sent to AUDITORY(at)lists.mcgill.ca LISTSERV commands should be sent to listserv(at)lists.mcgill.ca Information is available on the WEB at http://www.mcgill.ca/cc/listserv

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