Prosody and Dialogue in Language and Music
This exploratory seminar studies prosody and dialogue in language and music from a broadly cross-disciplinary perspective. Prosody and dialogue are the cornerstones of human auditory communication through language and music. Prosody refers to the acoustic properties of the spoken word or performed music that serve the functions of segmentation, prominence, the conveying of emotion, and coordination. Dialogue refers to a conversational or improvisatory exchange of words or music between humans and/or machines. Structure and form in static music scores and in written texts are well-studied problems. The practical aspects of how we turn these written forms into dynamic sounds that convey and clarify ideas, and use them to carry on an extended exchange, is not as well examined through traditional approaches. This seminar brings together scientists, humanists, and artists to examine prosody and dialogue in language and music from multiple ideological, scholarly, and technical perspectives with the goal of creating new avenues for exploration.