November 10, 2013
"Ray Jackendoff is professor of philosophy, Seth Merrin Chair in the Humanities and, Co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. His research centers around the system of meaning in natural language, how it is related to the human conceptual system, and how it is expressed linguistically. This has led him to a cognitive approach to traditional philosophical issues of inference and reference, embodied in his theory of Conceptual Semantics. Jackendoff is also a classical clarinetist, performing frequently in recital and chamber music in the Boston area. Through his musical interests, he has collaborated with composer Fred Lerdahl on a theory of musical cognition modeled on generative linguistics. The 25th anniversary of their book A Generative Theory of Tonal Music was celebrated in 2008 with conferences in Paris and Dijon and also at Tufts."