Musical Objects, Cross-Domain Correspondences, and Cultural Choice: Commentary on “Cross-Cultural Representations of Musical Shape” by George Athanasopoulos and Nikki Moran

Authors

  • Zohar Eitan Tel Aviv University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18061/emr.v8i3-4.3942

Keywords:

cross-modal correspondence, musical object, nature vs. nurture

Abstract

The target article illustrates deep cross-cultural gaps, involving not only the representation of musical shape but also the notion of a musical object itself.  Yet, numerous empirical findings suggest that important cross-modal correspondences involving music and visual dimensions are inborn or learned at infancy, prior to the acquisition of language and most culture-specific behavior. Drawing on recent empirical work, the commentary attempts to reconcile this apparent disparity.

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Published

2013-10-24