Ray Jackendoff’s research centers around the structure of the human language faculty and its role in human cognition. His approach, the Parallel Architecture, envisions language as the product of multiple combinatorial systems that interact to relate meaning to linguistic expression. Three of these systems have been developed in detail:
Along the way, Jackendoff’s research has also touched on language processing, emerging sign languages, the evolution of language, the relation of language to vision, and the character of consciousness. In collaboration with composer Fred Lerdahl, he has also made major contributions to the study of music cognition.
Ray Jackendoff has been President of both the Linguistic Society of America and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology. He holds honorary degrees from the Université du Québec à Montréal, Tel Aviv University, the Ohio State University, the National University of Music in Bucharest and the Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca. He was awarded the 2003 Jean Nicod Prize in Cognitive Philosophy, and he is the 2014 recipient of the David E. Rumelhart Prize, the premier award in the field of cognitive science. He is currently a Research Affiliate in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT.
Modern American Duos for Clarinet or Basset Horn & Piano. Ray Jackendoff, clarinet & basset horn; John MacDonald, piano. Works by Aaron Copland, Elliot Carter, John MacDonald, Arthur Berger and Yehudi Wyner.
Romanian Music for clarinet and piano, with Valentina Sandu-Dediu, piano. Music of Martian Negrea, Stefan Niculescu, Dan Dediu, and Constantin Silvestri. Albany Records, 2003.
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