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Patrick Rebuschat, Martin Rohmeier, John A. Hawkins, and Ian Cross

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553426.001.0001

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The Fabb–Halle approach to metrical stress theory as a window on commonalities between music and language

The Fabb–Halle approach to metrical stress theory as a window on commonalities between music and language

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(p.22) Chapter 3 The Fabb–Halle approach to metrical stress theory as a window on commonalities between music and language
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Language and Music as Cognitive Systems
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Laura Dilley

J. Devin McAuley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553426.003.0003

This chapter comments on the discussion in Chapter 2. It situates the Fabb–Halle approach within the wider context of metrical stress theory and within linguistics more broadly, while responding to some of the specific claims made in Chapter 2. Taking this broader perspective makes possible an appreciation of the differences between the Fabb–Halle approach to metrical stress theory and other approaches within the same theoretical framework. The chapter is organized as follows. First, it describes metrical stress theory and how it has evolved over the years. Second, it reviews claims made in Chapter 2 and evaluates whether this approach provides a reasonable and better description of basic similarities between music and language than other approaches, such as those made by Lerdahl and Jackendoff (1983). Third, it addresses the descriptive versus explanatory adequacy of the theory, with particular emphasis on the question of whether the theory affords an explanation of the various patterns of prosodic prominence and grouping associated with the world's linguistic prosodic systems. Finally, it considers an alternative approach that seeks a perceptual basis for commonalities between music and language.

Keywords:   metrical stress theory, linguistics, music, language, prosodic prominence, grouping, linguistic prosodic systems

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