15th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication

15th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication "Syntax and semantics of music and dance: Formal and experimental approaches"

Following the pioneering work of Lerdahl and Jackendoff (1983), the formal study of musical syntax has become a well-established field (e.g. Katz and Pesetsky 2011, Rohrmeier 2011, Granroth-Wilding and Steedman 2014), and it has yielded detailed insights into the workings of musical form, and an assessment of the analogies and disanalogies between musical and linguistic syntax (Jackendoff 2009). Two extensions of this research program have recently been proposed. First, it was suggested that music doesn’t just have a syntax but also a semantics, and a toy model was proposed to explain how musical meaning could be formally analyzed (Schlenker 2017). Second, the program of a formal analysis of syntax and semantics was extended to dance, with detailed studies of grouping structure in ballet-like movements (Charnavel 2019) and of referential relations in narrative dance (Patel-Grosz et al. 2018).
This symposium aims to bring together researchers that seek to develop this research program, be it for music, for dance, for their interaction, or for the interaction between music and other visual narratives.

Invited speakers:
Robert Blumberg Distinguished Lecture in Cognitive Science
Philippe Schlenker
Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS/NYU

Keynote speakers:
Isabelle Charnavel
Harvard University / University of Geneva
Markus Neuwirth
Anton Bruckner University Linz
Pritty Patel-Grosz
University of Oslo

Registration and more information: here

The symposium is organized by Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Systems, Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia in collaboration with Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and with support by Robert Blumberg, Andrejs Eglīte, the non-profit organization “Friends of the University of Latvia”, and the University of Latvia foundation.

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