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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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Alignment in language and music

Alignment in language and music

(p.189) Chapter 19 Alignment in language and music
Language and Music as Cognitive Systems

John N. Williams

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This chapter also analyses comments made in Chapter 16. It considers the similarities and differences between Bharucha, Curtis, and Paroo's notion of alignment in music and the notion of alignment in verbal communication that has been recently developed within psycholinguistics. Psycholinguistic research sheds light on underlying mechanisms of alignment that may also be applicable to music, at least in some contexts. It also suggests methodologies that could be adapted to empirically investigate musical alignment. It begins by sketching out a psycholinguistic approach to communication and alignment.

Keywords:   music, verbal communication, musical alignment, psycholinguistics

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