LINGUIST List 8.1355

Wed Sep 24 1997

Qs: Pitch Metaphor

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  1. Jennifer Ganger, Pitch Metaphor

Message 1: Pitch Metaphor

Date: Wed, 24 Sep 97 08:41:59 EDT
From: Jennifer Ganger <>
Subject: Pitch Metaphor

Steve Pinker has asked me to forward this query to the list:

"In English, the word "high" refers to pitches at the treble end of the
scale, and the word "low" refers to pitches at the bass end. Does
anyone know of research into the cross-linguistic generality or
non-generality of this metaphor?"

Please reply to the list (if appropriate) or to me at

Jennifer Ganger
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