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Workshop:
The Music/Language Connection
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Workshop, NYU, Thursday, May 21, 2015 
 

organized jointly by 
the ERC Advanced Grant Project ‘New Frontiers of Formal Semantics’ 
and New York University
[this is one of three workshops organized with NYU by ERC project FRONTSEM; the others can be found here and here]


Organizers/Internal Speakers

Philippe Schlenker (Senior Researcher, Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS; Global Distinguished Professor, NYU)

Jonah Katz (Assistant Professor, West Virginia University)

Songhee Kim (Graduate Student, NYU Linguistics)

Hugo Dumoulin (Student, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris; visiting student, NYU Philosophy)



External Speakers

Mary Farbood (Assistant Professor, Music Technology, NYU) 

John Halle  (Director of Studies in Music Theory and Practice, Bard College)

Fred Lerdahl (Professor, Department of Music, Columbia University): Poetry as Music

Panayotis Mavromatis (Associate Professor, Music Theory, NYU): Chant improvisation and the metric phonology of modern Greek

David Poeppel (Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, NYU): Temporal modulations in speech and music

Martin Rohrmeier (Associate Professor of Systematic Musicology and Music Cognition, Institut für Kunst- und Musikwissenschaft, Technische Universität Dresden)

with the additional participation of Ray Jackendoff as an informal commentator.

Topic

While the connection between music and language has been the object of speculations of all sorts for quite a few centuries, it has recently become the object of detailed scientific investigations, both formal and experimental (see for instance Patel's relatively recent survey of some relevant results). In particular, Lerdahl and Jackendoff's Generative Theory of Tonal Music as well as Lerdahl's more recent work gave a subtle and articulated assessment of which modules are shared between language and music, and which are not. This workshop, hosted by the NYU Linguistics Department, seeks to foster interaction among researchers with an interest in this question in the New York area. 




Registration: please register here if you wish to attend. Registration is free (but we need to have an estimate of the number of people who will attend).


Venue:  NYU, Room 101 at 5 Washington Place 

5 Washington Pl



Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015, all day


Program 


Moderator: P. Schlenker

9:30-10:15: Fred Lerdahl (Professor, Department of Music, Columbia University): Poetry as Music
10:15-11:00: Mary Farbood (Assistant Professor, Music Technology, NYU): Decoding time of music versus speech 
 
[Break]

Moderator: J. Katz

11:15-12:00: Martin Rohrmeier (Associate Professor of Systematic Musicology and Music Cognition, Institut für Kunst- und Musikwissenschaft, Technische Universität Dresden): TBA
12:00-12:45: Philippe Schlenker (Senior Researcher, Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS; Global Distinguished Professor, NYU): Can there be a music semantics?


Moderator: S. Kim
2:15-3:00: David Poeppel (Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, NYU): Temporal modulations in speech and music
3:00-3:45: Panayotis Mavromatis (Associate Professor, Music Theory, NYU): Chant improvisation and the metric phonology of modern Greek 

[Break]

Moderator: H. Dumoulin
4:00-4:45: John Halle  (Director of Studies in Music Theory and Practice, Bard College)TBA
4:45-5:30: Jonah Katz (Assistant Professor, West Virginia University): Exploring a corpus of jazz blues harmonic progressions
5:30-6:00: General discussion






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