I have obtained a M.A. in philosophy at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) in 2014 and have studied ethnomusicology, musicology and linguistics in Geneva as well as at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). There, Pr. Jerrold Levinson co-supervised a Master’s thesis on the subject of musical genres. I am presently Prs. Julien Deonna and Fabrice Teroni’s teaching assistant at the Department of Philosophy at UNIGE and a Ph.D. candidate at the Swiss Center for Emotional Research (Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives). My thesis is interdisciplinary; beside philosophy, I am doing research in the fields of ethnomusicology, cognitive psychology, and linguistics.
More precisely, my thesis explores theoretical and empirical relations that musical expression has with language. Two important subjects of investigation are (1) common formal properties of music and language and (2) a critical period of acquisition for musical understanding and expression. Of particular interest for me is the hypothesis according to which there are different “musicalanguages” in different musical cultures; e.g. Western tonality of the Common Period would be one (or a family of musicalanguages) and Hindustani classical music another one. Through these researches, I want to defend the claim that our musical tastes are importantly shaped by an implicit learning of surrounding musicalanguages during our youth.