[Smt-talk] Classical Form and Recursion

Dmitri Tymoczko dmitri at Princeton.EDU
Fri Apr 3 16:24:02 PDT 2009

>> I'll just report that every psychologist, linguist, and  
>> evolutionary biologist I've talked to about this issue has told me  
>> that they find this suggestion implausible.
> OK, Dmitri. If you base your arguments on consulting your linguist  
> and biologist acquaintances—rather than on considering what  
> actually takes place in music, or considering what might make music  
> different from language in this respect—there may indeed not be  
> sufficient methodological common ground for fruitful discussion.

I didn't mean to offend; the question is whether it is plausible that  
humans have a much greater capacity to perceive recursion in the  
musical domain than in the linguistic domain.  This really is a  
scientific question -- getting input from professional scientists  
(who study things like the limits of recursive perception in  
language) strikes me as a responsible thing to do.


Dmitri Tymoczko
Associate Professor of Music
310 Woolworth Center
Princeton, NJ 08544-1007
(609) 258-4255 (ph), (609) 258-6793 (fax)

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