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Conceptualizing Music: Cognitive Structure, Theory, and Analysis

Lawrence M. Zbikowski


This book shows how recent work in cognitive science, especially that developed by cognitive linguists and cognitive psychologists, can be used to explain how we understand music. The book focuses on three cognitive processes: categorization, cross-domain mapping, and the use of conceptual models, and explores the part these play in theories of musical organization. The first part of the book provides a detailed overview of the relevant work in cognitive science, framed around specific musical examples. The second part brings this perspective to bear on a number of issues with which music scho ... More

Keywords: categorization, cross-domain mapping, conceptual models, music organization, musical syntax, musical semiosis, musical ontology, words and music, musical form, musical hierarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195140231
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence M. Zbikowski, author
University of Chicago