Metric Ambiguity

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Metrical ambiguity occurs when metrically malleable pitch/durational patterns have the potential for different interpretations by listener. Latent ambiguity is when the pattern is disambiguated by the performer through the use of expressive variations while true ambiguity is when a pattern gives rise to different but determinate metric construals by the listener (London 2004, p. 86).