Expression, Language, and Music (ELM)* is to be a biennial conference that brings together researchers from linguistics, music theory, anthropology, neurobiology, cognitive science, philosophy, and more, with the aim of integrating recent findings and insights from diverse perspectives concerning, e.g. the significance of emotional expression for both music and language, the importance of systematic structure in both music and language, and the interrelations between expressive, musical, and communicative capacities and their relevance for understanding the emergence of language (in ontogeny and phylogeny). Future conferences may focus more narrowly on a subset of these topics.
*By coincidence, two conferences with the acronym ELM were conceived of at a similar time. If you’re looking for our friends at the other ELM, click here: Experiments in Linguistic Meaning