The Babushka Principle in Semiotics: Connotation, Motivation, and Metatheory

Guerino Mazzola, Maria Mannone, Yan Pang, Margaret O’Brien, Nathan Torunsky

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In this chapter, we introduce the idea of what we call the semiotic Babushka Principle (sign systems within sign systems) presented by Louis Hjelmslev. We discuss the implications of applying this principle to the analysis of music and musical scores. We argue that, through the conceivably infinite mapping of connotational systems, music is capable of accomplishing significant symbolic depth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

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

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