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Chomsky’s distinction between descriptive and explanatory theoretical adequacy is discussed, and his emphasis on “Universal Grammar” as the criterion for assessing linguistic explanatory adequacy is criticized (Sect. 2.1). Communication is deemed a primary principle for assessing proto-tonal explanatory adequacy (Sect. 2.2). Additional principles are termed “economical,” “categorical,” and “maximalist” (Sect. 2.3). Finally, in Sect. 2.4 formalities are established for handling “event sequences” and relationships between different types thereof, for example note sequences and pitch sequences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameComputational Music Science
ISSN (Print)1868-0305
ISSN (Electronic)1868-0313

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© 2013, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


  • Categorical Perception
  • Descriptive Adequacy
  • Economical Principle
  • Explanatory Adequacy
  • Universal Grammar


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