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Re: On the Grammar of Music

on 28/4/01 23:27, Alexandra Hettergott at a.hettergott@WANADOO.FR wrote:

> John Croft wrote :
>> In other words, stylistic variation in music is (potentially)
>> continuous -- it seems to me that this is a significant
>> disanalogy with linguistic grammatical correctness.
> You can easily write a poem, some technical instructions, a novel, a
> political speech, ... while using one and the same language
> (elements) -- yet in a different way (style) ... Grammar use might thus
> be related to (individual / particular) style, but this does tell more
> about a natural (potential) variety inherent here rather than its
> respective correctness ...

Certainly; but if musical stylistic variation is analogous to stylistic
variation within a language, then is there any plausible candidate for the
analogue of grammatical differences *between* languages?