Musical Rhythm for Linguists: A Response to Justin London

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Musical timing is a rich, complex phenomenon which changes across cultures, periods and styles and requires highly explicit terminology in order to communicate clearly between music theorists, psychologists, neuroscientists, performers and indeed with linguists. Here I respond to Justin London’s opening paper by outlining and expanding upon his key points and raising additional questions regarding the neural basis and the functional role of musical timing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-16
Number of pages5
JournalEmpirical Musicology Review
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • beat, pulse, play, minimized prediction error, shared experience


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