The Language, Music and Emotion Research Group (LaMERG) is back!
We are delighted to announce our first lecture of the semester, by Philippe Schlenker from Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS in Paris and NYU.
The talk will be held Wed. Sept. 9 at 6:00 pm in SBS S-207 (Linguistics Seminar Room). Minor key refreshments will be served.
“Prolegomena to a Music Semantics”
by Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS; New York University)
While it is almost uncontroversial that music is subject to ‘syntactic rules’ (although not necessarily related to those we find in language), it is initially very unclear that music has ‘meaning’ in anything like the usual sense. We sketch a conceptual framework in which music can be taken to have meaning and even truth conditions. But their source is very different from that of meaning in language; normal auditory cognition is much a better model for musical meaning than language is.
Hope to see you there!