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Emmanuel Bigand: Musical syntax : Myth or reality?

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Emmanuel Bigand is the Director of LEAD (Laboratoire d'étude de l'apprentissage et du développement), CNRS, France

What
  • Distinguished Lecture
When Apr 06, 2006
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Strathcona Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke St. West, Clara Lichtenstein Recital Hall (C-209)
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ABSTRACT:
The aim of this presentation is to take stock of work in psychoacoustics, psychology and cognitive neuroscience on the (potential) existence of a syntactic processor for music. To address this question using Western tonal music as a stimulus poses a certain number of theoretical and methodological problems that lead us to qualifiy the claim that a syntactic module in music has many similarities with the syntactic processing module of language. This hypothesis would, however, be much easier to validate using other musical sytems, contemporary or non-Western.

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