Language, Music, and Mind

Language, Music, and Mind

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  • Author: Diana Raffman
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books
  • ISBN: 0262519356
  • Category : Psychology
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 0

The first cognitivist theory of the nature of ineffable, or verbally inexpressible, musical knowledge. Taking a novel approach to a longstanding problem in the philosophy of art, Diana Raffman provides the first cognitivist theory of the nature of ineffable, or verbally inexpressible, musical knowledge. In the process she also sheds light on central issues in the theory of mind. Raffman invokes recent theory in linguistics and cognitive psychology to provide an account of the content and etiology of musical knowledge that "can not be put into words." Within the framework of Lerdahl and Jackendoff's generative theory of music perception, she isolates three kinds of ineffability attending our conscious knowledge of music—access, feeling, and nuance ineffability—and shows how these arise. Raffman makes a detailed comparison of linguistic and musical understanding, culminating in an attack on the traditional idea that human emotions constitute the meaning or semantic content of music. She compares her account of musical ineffability to several traditional approaches to the problem, particularly those of Nelson Goodman and Stanley Cavell. In the concluding chapter, Raffman explores a significant obstacle that her theory poses to Daniel Dennett's propositional theory of consciousness.


Music, Mind, and Brain

Music, Mind, and Brain

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  • Author: Manfred Clynes
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 1468489178
  • Category : Medical
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 431

There is much music in our lives -yet we know little about its function. Music is one of man's most remarkable inventions - though possibly it may not be his invention at all: like his capacity for language his capacity for music may be a naturally evolved biologic .function. All cultures and societies have music. Music differs from the sounds of speech and from other sounds, but only now do we find ourselves at the threshold of being able to find out how our brain processes musical sounds differently from other sounds. We are going through an exciting time when these questions and the question of how music moves us are being seriously investigated for the first time from the perspective of the co-ordinated functioning of the organism: the perspective of brain function, motor function as well as perception and experience. There is so much we do not yet know. But the roads to that knowledge are being opened, and the coming years are likely to see much progress towards providing answers and raising new questions. These questions are different from those music theorists have asked themselves: they deal not with the structure of a musical score (although that knowledge is important and necessary) but with music in the flesh: music not outside of man to be looked at from written symbols, but music-man as a living entity or system.


Language, Music, and Mind

Language, Music, and Mind

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  • Author: Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies Diana Raffman
  • Publisher:
  • ISBN: 9780262282024
  • Category :
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 172

Taking a novel approach to a longstanding problem in the philosophy of art, Diana Raffman provides the first cognitivist theory of the nature of ineffable, or verbally inexpressible, musical knowledge. In the process she also sheds light on central issues in the theory of mind.Raffman invokes recent theory in linguistics and cognitive psychology to provide an account of the content and etiology of musical knowledge that "can not be put into words." Within the framework of Lerdahl and Jackendoff's generative theory of music perception, she isolates three kinds of ineffability attending our conscious knowledge of music - access, feeling, and nuance ineffability - and shows how these arise.Raffman makes a detailed comparison of linguistic and musical understanding, culminating in an attack on the traditional idea that human emotions constitute the meaning or semantic content of music. She compares her account of musical ineffability to several traditional approaches to the problem, particularly those of Nelson Goodman and Stanley Cavell. In the concluding chapter, Raffman explores a significant obstacle that her theory poses to Daniel Dennett's propositional theory of consciousness.Diana Raffman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Ohio State University.


The Singing Neanderthals

The Singing Neanderthals

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  • Author: Steven J. Mithen
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 9780674021921
  • Category : Music
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 390

An examination of our language instinct. Steven Mithen draws on a huge range of sources, from neurological case studies, through child psychology and the communication systems of non-human primates to the latest paleoarchaeological evidence.


Music, Language, and the Brain

Music, Language, and the Brain

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  • Author: Aniruddh D. Patel
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199755302
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 526

A comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language, this book challenges the belief that music and language are processed independently. It argues that music and language share deep connections, and that comparative research provides a powerful way to study the underlying themes of these uniquely human abilities.


On Repeat

On Repeat

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  • Author: Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0199990824
  • Category : Computers
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 225

On Repeat offers an in-depth inquiry into music's repetitive nature. Drawing on a diverse array of fields, it sheds light on a range of issues from repetition's use as a compositional tool to its role in characterizing our behavior as listeners, and considers related implications for repetition in language, learning, and communication.


Language and Music as Cognitive Systems

Language and Music as Cognitive Systems

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  • Author: Patrick Rebuschat
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199553424
  • Category : Education
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 357

The past 15 years have witnessed an increasing interest in the comparative study of language and music as cognitive systems. This book presents an interdisciplinary study of language and music, exploring the following core areas - structural comparisons, evolution, learning and processing, and neuroscience.


This is Your Brain on Music

This is Your Brain on Music

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  • Author: Daniel Levitin
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • ISBN: 9780241987353
  • Category : Music
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 0

Using musical examples from Bach to the Beatles, Levitin reveals the role of music in human evolution, shows how our musical preferences begin to form even before we are born and explains why music can offer such an emotional experience. Music is an obsession at the heart of human nature, even more fundamental to our species than language. In This Is Your Brain On Music Levitin offers nothing less than a new way to understand it, and its role in human life


Music and the Brain

Music and the Brain

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  • Author: Macdonald Critchley
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • ISBN: 1483192792
  • Category : Music
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 474

Music and the Brain: Studies in the Neurology of Music is a collaborative work that discusses musical perception in the context of medical science. The book is comprised of 24 chapters that are organized into two parts. The first part of the text details the various aspects of nervous function involved in musical activity, which include neural and mechanicals aspects of singing; neurophysiological interpretation of musical ability; and ecstatic and synesthetic experiences during musical perception. The second part deals with the effects of nervous disease on musical function, such as musicogenic epilepsy, the amusias, and occupational palsies. The book will be of great interest to students, researchers, and practitioners of disciplines that deal with the nervous system, such as psychology, neurology, and psychiatry.


The relationship between music and language

The relationship between music and language

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  • Author: Lutz Jäncke
  • Publisher: Frontiers E-books
  • ISBN: 2889190544
  • Category :
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 219

Traditionally, music and language have been treated as different psychological faculties. This duality is reflected in older theories about the lateralization of speech and music in that speech functions were thought to be localized on the left and music functions on the right hemisphere. But with the advent of modern brain imaging techniques and the improvement of neurophysiological measures to investigate brain functions an entirely new view on the neural and psychological underpinnings of music and speech has evolved. The main point of convergence in the findings of these new studies is that music and speech functions have many aspects in common and that several neural modules are similarly involved in speech and music. There is also emerging evidence that speech functions can benefit from music functions and vice versa. This new research field has accumulated a lot of new information and it is therefore timely to bring together the work of those researchers who have been most visible, productive, and inspiring in this field and to ask them to present their new work or provide a summary of their laboratory's work.