Department of Music

Music and Language
Aberdeen, June 2004


University of Aberdeen

Monday 21st - Tuesday 22nd June 2004

Key-note speaker: Professor Peter Kivy

  In June 2002 the Aberdeen University Music Research Group sponsored a highly
successful cross disciplinary conference on "The Intellectual Frontiers of Music". In
many of the discussions that ensued, it became clear that the relation of music to
language is a recurrent theme in different disciplines. Are music and language parts
of our biological nature, or are they social constructs? Does the human mind acquire
musical and linguistic skills in the same way? Might the study of linguistics produce
insights for the study of music and vice versa? Is music a universal language? Can we
sensibly speak of distinct musical vocabularies?  Is the expression "the language of
music" metaphorical, or literal?

  The programme and registration form for this conference are now available at:

  If anyone is interested in commentating on/chairing a session then please contact
Dr Jasmin Cameron at Hilton Campus, University of Aberdeen, ABERDEEN AB24 3UB,
Scotland, UK. E-mail: