[visionlist] 2nd CfP:Syntax and semantics of music and dance (15th Riga Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication)

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Mon Jun 14 15:07:56 -04 2021

Call for Papers

*Syntax and semantics of music and dance: Formal and experimental

15th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication

November 26-28, 2021

Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Systems,

Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia

in collaboration with

Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music

About the Event

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 workshop 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 (e.g. film).  We
particularly welcome work that combines rich data (be they introspective,
experimental or corpus-based) with explicit formal analyses. Datasets may
involve artificial examples/stimuli or case studies of ‘real’ music or
dance. Connections between formal syntactic or semantic approaches and
traditional musicology or dance theory are also welcome.

Anonymized abstracts (see below for submission guidelines) should contain a
description of the relevant background, research design, experimental or
formal methods, theoretical arguments and results. Authors are encouraged
to provide hyperlinks to relevant audiovisual examples.

Keynote speakers

Isabelle Charnavel (Harvard University/University of Geneva)

Markus Neuwirth (Anton Bruckner University Linz)

Pritty Patel-Grosz (University of Oslo)

Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS/NYU)

Abstract submission information

Anonymized abstracts should be submitted by email to lpcs at lu.lv

Abstracts should be at most 2 pages long (A4 or letter size) with 1 inch
(2.54 cm) margins, set single spaced in a 12 pt font. Figures and
references may be set in a smaller font, but must be within the 2 page
limit. Only pdf files will be accepted. Authors are encouraged to provide
hyperlinks to relevant audiovisual examples. The submission must not reveal
the identity of the author(s) in any way.

Abstract submission deadline: July 1st, 2021, 23:59, EDT

Notification of acceptance: by late July / beginning of August


Charnavel, Isabelle: 2019, Steps towards a Universal Grammar of Dance:
Local Grouping Structure in Basic Human Movement Perception. Frontiers in
Psychology (section Cognition), Volume 10, Article 1364.

Granroth-Wilding, Mark and Steedman, Mark: 2014, A robust
parser-interpreter for jazz chord sequences. Journal of New Music Research
43 (4), 355-374.

Jackendoff, Ray: 2009,  Parallels and non-parallels between language and
music. Music Perception 26, 195–204. doi: 10.1525/mp.2009.26.3.195

Lerdahl, Fred and Ray Jackendoff: 1983, A generative theory of tonal music.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Patel-Grosz, Pritty; Grosz, Patrick Georg; Kelkar, Tejaswinee & Jensenius,
Alexander Refsum: 2018, Coreference and disjoint reference in the semantics
of narrative dance, In Uli Sauerland & Stephanie Solt (ed.), Proceedings of
Sinn und Bedeutung 22, vol. 2, ZASPiL 61. Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine
Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS). Chapter in Vol. 2. s 199 - 216

Katz, Jonah and Pesetsky, David : 2011, The Identity Thesis for Music and
Language. Manuscript, MIT. lingbuzz/000959.

Rohrmeier, Martin: 2011, Towards a generative syntax of tonal harmony.
Journal of Mathematics and Music 5 (1), 35–53.

Schlenker, Philippe: 2017, Outline of Music Semantics. Music Perception.
35, 1: 3-37. DOI: 10.1525/mp.2017.35.1.

Organization Committee

Anda Beitāne (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music)

Līga Zariņa (University of Latvia, Chair of the OC)

Santa Bartušēvica (University of Latvia)

Program Committee

Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS/NYU; Chair of the PC,

Pritty Patel-Grosz (University of Oslo, Co-Director)

Isabelle Charnavel (Harvard University/University of Geneva, Co-Director)

Léo Migotti (Institut Jean Nicod / Ecole Normale Supérieure, Co-Director)

Michael Glanzberg (Rutgers)

Jurģis Šķilters (University of Latvia)
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