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2/14/11 Language and Music
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2/14/11 What is the structure of music? (Patel, 2003) Tones – chords – keys “Vertical” syntax governs chord formation basic chords are three pitches separated by musical thirds (e.g. C-E-G or D-F-A) “Horizontal” syntax governs chord progressions tonic, subdominant, and dominant chords take on distinct roles in the pattern of tension and relaxation in harmonic sequences
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2/14/11 What is the hierarchical structure of music? Figure from Lehrdahl’s Right-branching indicates an increase of tension; Left- branching indicates a decrease in tension. Local tensing/untensing motions are embedded in larger scale ones (Patel, 2003)
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2/14/11 Figure from Lehrdahl &
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2/14/11 Koelsch et al. 2005: Are there shared neutral  resources for LG and music? 2 (good, bad) 2 (fits, not fit) If a word didn’t fit for a syntactic reading and you heard a chord that didn’t fit the key you were listening to at the same time, you wouldn’t have as
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