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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.136) (p.137) Chapter 15 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 3 (Learning of processing), covering Chapters 16–20. In the next chapter, the target article, the argument frames musical communication as an alignment of brain states. It argues that music and language differ in the sense that language serves primarily as a code to communicate meaning (in terms of propositions and propositional attitudes) whereas music communicates structure, affect, and motion, and affords synchronization across individuals. The chapter then presents a formal model of alignment based on the representation of brain state vectors and discusses a connectionist approach to modelling tonal vectors in music, based on Bharucha's MUSACT model. This is followed by commentaries.

Keywords:   musical communication, music, brain states, language, tonal vectors, MUSACT model, alignment

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