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Foundations of Musical Grammar$
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Lawrence M. Zbikowski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190653637

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190653637.001.0001

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Foundations of Musical Grammar

Lawrence M. Zbikowski

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a summary for the volume as a whole and discusses prospects for a cognitive grammar of music going forward. The first portion of the chapter reviews the main questions explored over the course of the book and the answers provided by the theoretical framework that has been set out. The second portion of the chapter sets out three ways a cognitive grammar of music might be furthered: first, through empirical research on processes of categorization, memory function, and analogies involving dynamic processes, all of which are connected with musical understanding; second, through an exploration of the relationship between the familiar constructs of music theory (like intervals, scales, and chords) and the sonic analogs for dynamic processes fundamental to musical grammar; and, third, through a continued investigation into the ways musical materials shape humans’ cultural interactions.

Keywords:   analogy, categorization, cognitive grammar, memory, musical grammar, music theory

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