John Halle's technical articles on language and music


On theories of the mental representation of language and music:


Whose (post)-Structuralism?

Paper delivered at Yale Music Department Friday colloquium. 

Revised and expanded 9/22/02.


Remarks on the Cognitive Reality of Musical Representation:

A Response to Lerdahl's "On Tonal Motion and Force"

Talk presented at: MIND & MUSIC ROUNDTABLE Columbia University

March 4-5, 2006


Language and Music

In Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences


Five Definitions

Requested background definitions for upcoming Ernst Strungmann Forum on Music, Language and the Brain



Articles on metrical form in language and music and the textsetting problem:


Constituency Matching in Metrical Texts

Paper delivered at the University of Missouri, Columbia Conference Words and Music

3/15/03.  Submitted to conference proceedings volume.


Text, Tune and Metrical Form, chapter 1: Formal Similarity in Strophic Song


Powerpoint version of above delivered at Cambridge University Conference on Music and Language 5/12/2007. 

(Previous versions delivered in talks at Stanford 2002 and UCSB 2007)


Text, Tune and Metrical Form, chapter 2: Abstract and Concrete Metrical Form


Powerpoint presentation of above delivered at Tufts University Conference on Music and Language 7/13/2008. 


Four Problems In Metrical Form. Powerpoint of talk at Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, UPenn 4/3/09


Text, Tune and Metrical Form, chapter 3: What is a Mismatch?. First two thirds of long chapter.


Beat Induction

(a primer written for Morris Halle and Nigel Fabb 5/2007)


Review: Dell and Elmadoui,  Poetic Meter and Musical Form in Tashlhiyt Berber Songs

(Commissioned review. To be published in Language. 6/15/10)


Columbia Dissertation

A Grammar of Improvised Textsetting

(a further development of the textsetting algorithm initially advanced in Halle-Lerdahl 1993)


with François Dell:


Comparing Musical Textsetting in French and in English Songs

Published in Jean-Louis Aroui and Andy Arleo, ed., 

Towards a Typology of Poetic Forms, Benjamins, 2009.



with Fred Lerdahl:


A Generative Textsetting Model

published in Current Musicology, Fall 1993 55, 3-26.