"Metaphor in Music or Metaphor About Music: A Contribution to the Cooperation of Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive Musicology" Free Download
Antović, M. (2014): Metaphor about music or metaphor in music: A contribution to the cooperation of cognitive linguistics and cognitive musicology [Metafora o muzici ili metafora u muzici: jedan prilog za saradnju kognitivne lingvistike i kognitivne muzikologije]. In: Metaphors We Study: Contemporar

MIHAILO ANTOVIC, University of Nis

This article offers an overview of a research program related to the metaphorization of music. In a short analysis, the omnipresence of metaphors in the written discourse about music is first highlighted. After this, the author defines several dichotomies whose clarification may be useful in the theoretical research of musical metaphoricity (intrinsic and extrinsic metaphors; musical conceptualization and metaphorization; absolute and referential musical metaphor; the problem of metaphor in music or metaphor about music). The third segment presents the main results of two empirical studies conducted with ten-year-old participants with different mother tongues, musical affinities and cognitive status, where claims are raised that metaphor in music is all-present, that there are differences in particular metaphorical statements, however that beneath those differences certain underlying similarities may be postulated. The final chapter uses these results as a basis for proposing an integrative theory of musical metaphor, based on the contributions of four separate semantic schools.


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Very few fields have attracted as much attention to music in recent years as the study of music and the brain. Intelligence, broadly defined and conceived, as it converges with music is one of the areas of discussion for this eJournal. All interdisciplinary areas of enquiry for this field are invited, including: music and cognition, music and neuroscience, music education and the brain, music and evolutionary biology, music and communication, music perception and cognition, and neurological processes engaged during musical activity, such as auditory memory and its encoding process. The scope of the eJournal is broad, including research ranging from the most specific cognitive processes - such as how the mind monitors the beat - to broader concepts of determining familiar and unfamiliar music. This eJournal provides a shared platform for research that draws on both the discipline of cognitive neuroscience and the music social sciences.

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