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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Musikwissenschaft

Vortrag von Ian Cross

Music, speech and the relational dimension of social interaction

Abstract: This paper will suggest that music is most informatively explored, and best understood, as an interactive, communicative medium rather than as an aurally consumable commodity.  It explores the properties of music and language as interactive media, discussing the ways in which they have been considered to be distinct capacities.  It reviews the theoretical and empirical literature on human interaction, drawing on this to frame and to elaborate the idea of a relational dimension to communication.  It proposes that music and speech are functionally- and culturally-differentiable components of the human communicative toolkit, and shows how research has increasingly demonstrated significant overlaps between the two in respect of the neural, cognitive and behavioural resources upon which they draw.