Re: Metathetic vs. Prothetic & Sensory Scales (Richard M Warren )

Subject: Re: Metathetic vs. Prothetic & Sensory Scales
From:    Richard M Warren  <rmwarren(at)CSD.UWM.EDU>
Date:    Fri, 4 Sep 1998 16:58:11 -0500

Jont, 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. Dick Jont Allen wrote on 4 September: >Richard, >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? >Jont 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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