Parsing of Melody : Quantification and Testing of the Local Grouping Rules of Lerdahl and Jackendoff ’ s A Generative Theory of Tonal Music


In two experiments, the empirical parsing of melodies was compared with predictions derived from four grouping preference rules of A Generative Theory of Tonal Music (F. Lerdahl & R. Jackendoff, 1983). In Experiment 1 (n = 123), listeners representing a wide range of musical training heard two familiar nursery-rhyme melodies and one unfamiliar tonal melody… (More)

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