Linguaggio, azione e musica: Lacan e il gesto originario

  • Stefano Oliva


Analytic Aesthetics and German Musicology of XX century have reflected on relationship between music and language in a semantic and syntactic perspective: they have tried to answer questions like relationship between musical form and human emotions, analysis of harmonic structures and musical meaning, denotation and reference in music. However semantic and syntactic approach has overlooked the pragmatic aspect of musical language: Wittgenstein’s analysis of language-games suggests a change of perspective from the problem of musical meaning to the matter of use in a pragmatic approach while Lacanian lecture of Fort/Da  - Freudian game seen as first linguistic engagement of eighteen months child – help us to find in rhythmic gesture a contact between body, language and music. The French term jouissance becomes for a fruitful pun j’ouïs-sens, the way “I  hear a sense”, and it open to a new understanding of musical meaning: not denotation or reference but appraisal of a gesture, as language too.
How to Cite
Oliva, S. (2012) “Linguaggio, azione e musica: Lacan e il gesto originario”, Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, 50, pp. 137-149. Available at: (Accessed: 26September2020).