SOAS University of London

SOAS World Languages Institute

Symposium on Language and Music

Prof. Linda Barwick (University of Sydney; Leverhulme Visiting Professor, SOAS)

Date: 26 October 2019Time: 11:00 AM

Finishes: 26 October 2019Time: 6:15 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: BGLT

Type of Event: Symposium

To celebrate the UNESCO's International Year of Indigenous Languages, we are proud to present the Symposium on Language and Music, organised by the SOAS Department of Music and the SOAS World Languages Institute.

Admission £10.00. Students: no charge. To reserve a place, please go to Eventbrite.

Provisional Programme: 

11:00 Keynote: Linda Barwick (University of Sydney): "Words within Music" (understanding song performance from linguistic and musicological perspectives)

12:00 - 13:15 Lunch (not provided)

13:15 - 14:15 Judith Westerveld: "Kulimatji: A film with storyteller Kapilolo Mahongo and rapper/musician Baka Jashula aka Obrigado on storytelling and the preservation of the !xun language".

14:15 - 15:00 Martin Rohrmeier (EPFL Lausanne): "Music and language from cognitive perspectives"

15:00 - 15:45 Didier Demolin (Université Sourbonne Nouvelle, Paris): "Tonal melodies in speech, and song in tone languages"

15:45 - 16:00 Tea/coffee

16:00 - 16:45 Martin Owen (SOAS): "Poetry as the meeting point of language and music"

16:45 - 17:30 Jerome Lewis (UCL): "Evolutionary perspectives on language and music"

17:30 - 18:15 Lucy Durán (SOAS): "TEGERE TULON - girls' hand clapping songs in Mali" (film and participatory performance".

We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of SEMPRE (Society for Education and Music Psychology Research) to the costs of this event. 

Organiser: Prof. Richard Widdess & SOAS World Languages Institute

Contact email: rw4@soas.ac.uk