Lawrence M. Zbikowski F'10

Lawrence M. Zbikowski
Deputy Provost for the Arts
Music
University of Chicago

ACLS Fellowship Program 2010
Associate Professor
Music
University of Chicago
Foundations of Musical Grammar

This project is concerned with developing a technical account of musical organization based on human cognitive capacities and on the central functions of music in human cultures: a cognitive grammar of music. Its perspective is informed by the construction grammar approach that has shaped recent work in cognitive linguistics. The project has two main parts: a theoretical specification that sets out definitions of the basic elements of musical grammar as well as the syntactic resources through which more extended musical utterances are created; and the development of experimental protocols to test the viability of the theoretical model.