• Music, Language, and the Deceptive Charms of Recursive Grammars

    Author(s):
    Lodewijk Muns (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Society for Music Theory (SMT)
    Subject(s):
    Music, Music and philosophy, Music theory
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    2014 Annual Conference
    Conf. Org.:
    Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group
    Conf. Loc.:
    King's College London
    Conf. Date:
    27-28 June 2014
    Tag(s):
    Generative Theory, music and language, recursion
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/x9dk-ks06
    Abstract:
    Recursion may have an important place in cognitive processes. Recursive theoretical models may also seduce the theorist to false abstractions and pseudo-explanations. This is observed in some versions of musical and linguistic formalism, which share a common rationalist-idealist background; paradigmatically, in Chomsky’s controversial Minimalism. It is also observed in the reductive practices of Riemann’s Musikalische Logik (1873) and Schenker’s Der freie Satz (1935). More extensively I will discuss Lerdahl en Jackendoff’s attempt to transform music theory into a theory of musical perception (A Generative Theory of Tonal Music, 1983). They do so with the help of the formal method and psychological premises of Generative Grammar.
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