music, language and cognitive science

Affiliations:

Associate professor
Head, Department of English

Researcher, head
University of Niš, Serbia


2012/2013 (fall semester) visiting researcher
Freiburg, Germany

2010/2011 Fulbright visiting scholar
Case Western Reserve University

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Education:

Ph.D., Linguistics, 2007, University of Niš, Serbia
"Optimality and Metaphor Theory in Music and Language Cognition"
MA, Linguistics, 2003, University of Niš, Serbia
"A Comparative Analysis of Music and Language Perception"
BA, English, 1999, University of Niš, Serbia

Learn more about me

An article about my research in Case Western Reserve's The Daily




News:

Prof. Mark Turner of CWRU is visiting the Center for Cognitive Sciences at the University of Niš (1-7 May 2014). 

I presented a paper at the conference Words and Music II (University of Maribor, Slovenia, 11-12 April 2014) and gave an invited talk on music, language and cognitive science in the Cognitive Science Research Platform of the University of Vienna, Austria, 13 March 2014.

A video of a talk that I gave at the First International Conference on the Science of Creative Thinking (Bologna, Italy, 29 Sep - 1 Oct 2013). I also served on the technical program committee for the conference.

Two invited articles in preparation: "Metaphor in music or metaphor about music", for the book "Contemporary Studies in Conceptual Metaphor", ed by Mateusz Milan Stanojevic, Srednja Europa, Zagreb Croatia; "Waging a war against oneself: A metaphor at the heart of Christian ascetic practice", for the book "Religious Language, Metaphor and the Mind", ed. by Paul Chilton and Monika Kopytowska.

Antovic, M., Bennett, A. & Turner, M. (2013). Running in Circles or Moving along Lines: Conceptualization of Music in Sighted and Blind Children. Musicae Scientiae, 17(2):227-243. 

The Cognitive Science Forum is becoming a full-fledged Center for Cognitive Sciences at the University of Niš.

Another article on idiom comprehension and spatial cognition, targeting 7-year-olds, has been published (Antovic, M. and Stamenkovic, D., 2012)

Together with Dr. Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas  I worked  on a project connecting cognitive linguistics and oral poetry, hosted by the Institute for Advanced Study of the University of Freiburg, Germany (October 2012-February 2013). A successful conference was organized 24-26 January 2013. A proceedings volume and two empirical papers are being prepared.

After a successful stay in April 2012, Professor Todd Oakley of CWRU visited University of Niš again, March 14-20, 2013.
 
My 2012 paper on creationism, evolutionism and cognitive science, written for the Yugoslav Association for the Scientific Study of Religion. 

A paper on the role of visuo-spatial information in the intuitive interpretation of strange idioms  (D. Stamenkovic and M. Antovic, 2012)

A paper on synesthesia in musicians with perfect pitch (with M. Petrovic, V. Milankovic, G. Acic, Proceedings of the 8th ESCOM Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 2012). 



My talk at the Fifth Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association (October 2012, with Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas).

I gave a lecture on Music, Language and Conceptualization at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Zagreb, Croatia (Nov 19, 2011).

I presented a paper at the 2011 Stockholm Metaphor Festival (Sep 2011).

A paper on Conceptual Blending and analysis of traditional South-Serbian songs (M. Antovic and M. Tasic).


My Fulbright research project on the conceptualization of music (2010/2011).

The Cognitive Science Forum  at the University of Niš held its first workshop in  December 2011.

My lecture on Music in Evolution in Development (CogSci 201 CWRU, Nov 8, 2010)

My lecture on The Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CogSci 206 , Oct 20, 2010)

The written version of the colloquium I gave at the CWRU CogSci Department on Sep 15, 2010 




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