Creativity parallels between language and music

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This article explores possible connections between language, music and creativity, particularly in terms of change in linguistic and musical grammars. It considers parallels between properties of usage-based grammars (like chunking and schematicity) and musical structures. While some research into the relationship between music and language has tended to align itself more with formal approaches to knowledge about language, the discussion here is more focussed on functional, usage-based approaches. The article sets out some ways in which work on musical change might be used to think about parallels between language and music, and how this connects to creativity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-380
JournalZeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Issue number3
Early online date4 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2018


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