Figuratively Speaking

  • Tom AddisEmail author
Part of the Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing book series (AI&KP)


Dr. David Billinge, a Computer Science lecturer at Portsmouth University, gives regular pre-concert lectures at the local Guildhall. His interest in music and language raised the question of how the communication of the emotional content of music can be justified using referential semantics. This was particularly puzzling because emotions do not have any externally shared reference points. This apparent lack of external references for emotion raises the interesting primary question, “How can the semantics of emotion ever be established?”


Music Emotion Tropic Creative acts Metaphor Artistic descriptions Analogy Metonymy Synecdoche Paradigm Blending Conflict Negotiation Firstness Receptivity Indifference 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Portsmouth School of ComputingPortsmouthUnited Kingdom

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