Re: Why is high high? (Michael Kubovy )

Subject: Re: Why is high high?
From:    Michael Kubovy  <mk9y(at)VIRGINIA.EDU>
Date:    Mon, 31 Aug 1998 10:31:55 -0400

Dear Audionomes, Pawel Kusmierek wrote: > tell > us how are sounds described in ... > any other language! A look in the Hebrew concordance to the Old Testament reveals no application of the relevant root (GBH), or any of its dervative forms, to the description of sound. A good dictionary of Hebrew tells me that in the Rabbinical literature the word "gavohah" (=high) appears in the sense of "loud" but no indication that it was used to refer to pitch. Modern Hebrew has preseved that sense (analogous to "raising one's voice" in English), and has also accepted (borrowed?) the pitch sense. ********************************************** |\ /| / Michael Kubovy, Professor of Psychology, Dept of Psychology | \/ | / Univ of Virginia, Gilmer Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2477 | |/\ office (B011): 804-982-4729, lab (B019): -4751, fax: -4766 | | \ HTTP:// | | \FTP:// Email to AUDITORY should now be sent to AUDITORY(at) LISTSERV commands should be sent to listserv(at) Information is available on the WEB at

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