About author

Rie Asano M.A.
Institute of Musicology, Cologne, Germany
(Department of Systematic Musicology)

Currently, I’m working on my PhD thesis on Biomusicology and Biolinguistics: Principled explanation in Current Comparative Approaches to Music and Language. So, I’m interested in everything related to music and language.

After finishing up my Bachelor degree in foreign study and linguistics at the Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, I completed the Magister (master) degree in musicology, german linguistics and phonetics at the University of Cologne, Germany, where I’m doing my PhD research now. I present papers in several conferences and also engage in organizing various academic and artistic events like conference and concerts.

Journal papers

Asano, R., & Boeckx, C. (2015). Syntax in language and music: What is the right level of comparison? Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 00942. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00942 (PDF)

Proceedings papers

Heimerich, M., Hardekopf, B., Kaiser, K., Bullert, S., Irnich, L., Troidl, K., Severijns, K., Kierdorf, S. & Asano, R. (2016). Investigating cognitive mechanisms of social interaction through musical joint action. In  B. Burger, J. Bamford, & E. Carlso (Eds.), The 9th International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus16), Jyväskylän yliopisto, June 8-10 2016 : programme, abstracts & proceedings. Jyväskylä: Department of Music, University of Jyväskylä & Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research (PDF)

Asano, R. (2014). The evolution of language from two comparative views. In L. McCrohon, B. Thompson, T. Verhoef, & H. Yamauchi (Eds.), The Past, Present and Future of Language Evolution Research (pp. 40–49). Tokyo: Evolang 9 Organizing Committee.

Ravignani, A., Gingras, B., Asano, R., Sonnweber, R., Matellán, V., & Fitch, W. T. (2013). The Evolution of Rhythmic Cognition: New Perspectives and Technologies in Comparative Research. In Knauff, M., Pauen, M., Sebanz, N., & Wachsmuth, I. (Eds.), Cooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (1199-1204). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (PDF)

Asano, R. (2012). Protolanguage, Discrete Infinity and Interfaces: Investigating the Evolution of the Language and Music Faculty within the Minimalist Program. In: Scott-Phillips, T. C., Tamariz, M., Cartmill, E. A., & Hurford, J. R. (Eds.), Evolution of the Language. Proceeding of the 9th International Conference (EVOLANG9) (26-33). New Jersey: World Scientific.

Asano, R. (2012). Concepts for the Comparative Research on Language and Music. In: J. Wewers, & U. Seifert (Eds.), Under Construction: Trans- and Interdisciplinary Routes in Music Research. Proceedings of SysMus11, Cologne 2011. (17-28). Osnabrück: epOs Music.

Invited Talk

Asano, R. (2016). Syntax in Music and Language: A Comparative Approach and Action-Oriented Perspective. The Lecture Series Systematic Musicology: Perception and Cognition of Music, November 2016.

Asano, R., & Struckmeier, V. (2016). Structure in Music and Language: Why there is no (language-like) Syntactic Structure in Music. Sounds and Structure in Language and Music. Cologne, Germany, June 2016.

Seifert, U., & Asano, R. (2015). Comparative Biomusicology: On comparing music and language as cognitive systems. CCLS lecture. Cologne, Germany, February 2015. (Abstract)

Asano, R. (2013). Biolinguistics and biomusicology: The quest for uniqueness and modularity of the human mind. Comparative Biolinguistics: An Explanatory Workshop. Barcelona, Spain, November 2013.

Conference talks and posters

Maidhof, C., & Asano, R. (2016). The Influence of Meter on Harmonic Syntactic Processing in Music: An ERP Study. 14th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. San Francisco, USA, July 2016.

Asano, R., & Shi, E. R. (2016). On a music-ready brain: Neural basis, mechanisms, and their contribution to the language evolution. 11th International Conference on the Evolution of Language. New Orleans, USA, March 2016.

Asano, R. (2016). Towards an action-oriented approach to the evolution of language and music. 11th International Conference on the Evolution of Language. New Orleans, USA, March 2016.

Asano, R., Boeckx, C. (2015). Syntax in music and language. Going beyond the “shared/distinct” dichotomy. Shared Processing in Language and Music: What Neurocognition and Disorders Reveal.  Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 2015. (Abstract)

Asano, R. (2014). Inquiry of Musical Syntax by Investigating Cognitive Impairments. The Neurosciences and Music – V. Dijon, France, May-June 2014.

Asano, R., & Boeckx, C. (2014). Pitfalls in research on musical syntax and how to avoid them. The Syntax of Mind: An International Conference. Vienna, Austria, April 2014.

Asano, R., & Seifert, U. (2014). The evolution of human cognitive systems: comparative approaches to language and music. 10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language. Vienna, Austria, April 2014.

Asano, R. (2013). Biolinguistics and Biomusicology: Investigating the evolution of human cognitive systems and their ‘humaniqueness’. International Congress of Linguists (19 ICL). Geneva, Switzerland, July 2013. (Abstract)

Asano, R. (2012). Comparing neurocognitive syntactic processing in language and music: Current findings and models. Workshop – Language, Music and Cognition. Cologne, Germany, September 2012.

Asano, R. (2012). Language and Music as Cognitive Systems: Uniquely human computation, but unique, domain-specific interface systems. Workshop – Cognitive Modules and Interfaces. Trieste, Italy, September 2012.

Asano, R. (2012). Protolanguage, Discrete Infinity and Interfaces: Investigating the Evolution of the Language and Music Faculty within the Minimalist Program. 9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language. Kyoto, Japan, March 2012.

Asano, R. (2011). Concepts for the Comparative Research on Language and Music. 4th International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology. Cologne, Germany, October 2011.