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Hanifa Ayunisa MU -111- 34428 Chapter 1 1. What do ethnomusicologists mean when they say, “Music is universal, but it is not a universal language”? Music is universal; everyone from different country knows music, but music is not a language; not in the sense of conveying specific meanings through specific symbols, in standard patterns analogous to syntax, and governed by rules of structure analogous to grammar. Music is also not a universal language because it is questionable whether music really can transcend linguistic barriers and culturally determined behaviors, through some forms of emotional communication, such as crying, are so fundamentally human that virtually all perceive it the same way. Every country also has its own languge. 2. What are the potential problems in classifying music as “classical,” “folk,” or “popular,”?
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Unformatted text preview: Folk, classical, and popular are the trio of words most commonly used to categorize and distinguish among various types of music. Defining them individually is one issue; taken together they are problematic because they assert a hierarchical value system in which classical is typically considered highest, folk of a much lower value, and popular at the lowest level. For having value-neutral terms with universally applicable definitions is a difficult, if not impossible, goal within any single language. 3. What is ethnocentrism? Have you ever experienced it? It is the belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group. No, I have never experienced it. I believe that every country has unique culture values and customs....
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