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The use of figurative language in descriptions of music and musical performance


Topic ID
348

Thesis Topic/Title
The use of figurative language in descriptions of music and musical performance

Description

How do we use language to convey the 'flavour' of a piece of music, or of a performance of that piece? How can a piano prelude by Scriabin be 'sexy', or an improvisation by a jazz quartet be 'comatose'? How do we distinguish between language that describes purely performance-related characteristics, and language that describes the immanent content of the music being performed? These are the sorts of questions that the current project seeks to answer. As we will be using a corpus-based approach, expertise in quantitative methods (or the willingness plus capacity to acquire this expertise) is a prerequisite for working on this project.


Principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

Research Affiliations
  • School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education

Field of Research
  • Linguistics

Available Academic Programs

Application Open Date
03/05/2018

Application Close Date
31/12/2020

USQ Scholarship Applications

Pre-approved for Ethics
Not Applicable

Admission Requirements

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