Music, language, and meaning
Comparisons between Chomsky and Schenker frame a discussion of the extent to which music and language share similar cognitive processes. Music and language share similar generativity and deep structure, and the different levels of phonology, syntax, and semantics are present in both forms. The treatment of phonology centres on the phenomenon of categorical perception. Syntax is treated through harmony and tonality, rhythm and metre, and melody. Semantics is treated through emotional meaning.
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