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Language and Music as Cognitive Systems$
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Patrick Rebuschat, Martin Rohmeier, John A. Hawkins, and Ian Cross

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553426.001.0001

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(p.2) (p.3) Chapter 1 Introduction
Language and Music as Cognitive Systems

Patrick Rebuschat

Martin Rohrmeier

John A. Hawkins

Ian Cross

Oxford University Press

This chapter is an introduction to Section 1 (Structural comparisons), covering Chapters 2–7. The central property of both language and music is their ‘structure’, which can be characterized roughly as the grouping of individual items into phrases or larger units at different levels of analysis. These items combine with one another ‘syntagmatically’ within their respective groups, and are ‘paradigmatically’ related and opposed to alternative items that are permitted within the same groupings. In discussing language structure and musical structure the chapters in this section focus primarily on phonological structure, i.e., on items that ultimately involve units of sound and their groupings, and they compare them with sound units and their groupings in music. The target article also adds poetic metre to the discussion and proposes a system of metrical grids that is common to three domains: the assignment of stress contours to words and phrases; the determination of rhythm in music; and the well-formedness of lines of metrical poetry. The target article is followed by commentaries.

Keywords:   structural comparisons, words, stress, metrical verse, language, music, poetic metre

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