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The Primacy of Grammar$
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Nirmalangshu Mukherji

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014052

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014052.001.0001

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Language and Music

Language and Music

(p.189) 6 Language and Music
The Primacy of Grammar

Nirmalangshu Mukherji

The MIT Press

This chapter explains the cognitive system of music to determine the “musilanguage hypothesis”, the evidence that supports the “musilanguage hypothesis” and what it means, the strong version of the “musilanguage hypothesis”, as well as the significance and meaning of music. It presents observation from Derek Bickerton who said that the supposition would be bizarre because the acquisition of language, music, mathematics, and logic are essentially unique to humans. Since Bickerton’s study is concerned with computational or syntactic aspects of language, it is assumed that the preceding concerns about common origin have the same thrust, that is, computational principles, or some rather abstract version of these. The chapter also discusses Ludwig Wittgenstein’s observations on language, his remarks on the link between music and emotions, its internal significance as well as the recursion in music.

Keywords:   musilanguage hypothesis, Derek Bickerton, Ludwig Wittgenstein, music and emotions, recursion in music, language and music

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