Analogy and convergence between the cognitive processing of textual meaning and music: theoretical considerations of a song as a complex semiotic object



Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Language at the University of Essex Postgraduate Conference
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Song Perception, Musical Semantics, Cognitive Functions, Modules, Specificity
Description The paper investigates whether language and music compete for processing resources during the perception and interpreting of a song. By reviewing the evidence bearing on a selection of experimental studies on the music-language interface it attempts to establish which representations become predominant and steer the interpretation in the song listening. Related issues, such as the question of domain-specificity and overlapping representations are addressed in an attempt to shed light on the processing of semantics of a song.
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