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Foundations of Musical Grammar

Lawrence M. Zbikowski


This volume makes a unique contribution to music theory by building on recent research in cognitive science and theoretical perspectives adopted from cognitive linguistics to present an account of the foundations of musical grammar. Musical grammar is conceived of as a species of construction grammar, in which grammatical elements are form-function pairs. In the case of music, basic constructions are sonic analogs for dynamic processes that are central to human cultures. This volume focuses on three such processes: those related to emotions, to gestures, and to dance. The first chapter introdu ... More

Keywords: analogy, construction grammar, cognitive linguistics, dance, emotion, gesture, Lieder, music theory, musical analysis, musical grammar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190653637
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190653637.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence M. Zbikowski, author
Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities, University of Chicago