Music, Language, and the Brain

Paperback | May 24, 2010

byAniruddh D. Patel

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In the first comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language from the standpoint of cognitive neuroscience, Aniruddh D. Patel challenges the widespread belief that music and language are processed independently. Since Plato's time, the relationship between music and languagehas attracted interest and debate from a wide range of thinkers. Recently, scientific research on this topic has been growing rapidly, as scholars from diverse disciplines, including linguistics, cognitive science, music cognition, and neuroscience are drawn to the music-language interface as oneway to explore the extent to which different mental abilities are processed by separate brain mechanisms. Accordingly, the relevant data and theories have been spread across a range of disciplines. This volume provides the first synthesis, arguing that music and language share deep and criticalconnections, and that comparative research provides a powerful way to study the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying these uniquely human abilities.

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In the first comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language from the standpoint of cognitive neuroscience, Aniruddh D. Patel challenges the widespread belief that music and language are processed independently. Since Plato's time, the relationship between music and languagehas attracted interest and debate from a wi...

Aniruddh D. Patel is Senior Fellow at The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:520 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 24, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199755302

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Sound elements: pitch and timbre2.1 Introduction2.2 Musical Sound Systems2.3 Linguistic Sound Systems2.4 Sound Category Learning as a Key Link2.5 ConclusionAppendices3. Rhythm3.1 Introduction3.2 Rhythm in Music3.3 Rhythm in Speech3.4 Interlude: Rhythm in Poetry and Song3.5 Non-Periodic Aspects of Rhythm as A Key Link3.6 ConclusionAppendices4. Melody4.1 Introduction4.2 Melody in Music: Comparisons to Speech4.3 Speech Melody: Links to Music4.4 Interlude: Musical and Linguistic Melody in Song4.5 Melodic Statistics and Melodic Contour as Key Links4.6 ConclusionAppendix5. Syntax5.1 Introduction5.2 The Structural Richness of Musical Syntax5.3 Formal Differences and Similarities between Musical and Linguistic Syntax5.4 Neural Resources for Syntactic Integration as a Key Link5.5 Conclusion6. Meaning6.1 Introducti6.2 A Brief Taxonomy of Musical Meaning6.3 Linguistic Meaning In Relation To Music6.4 Interlude: Linguistic and Musical Meaning in Song6.5 The Expression and Appraisal of Emotion As A Key Link6.6 Conclusion7. Evolution7.1 Introduction7.2 Language and Natural Selection7.3 Music and Natural Selection7.4 Music and Evolution: Neither Adaptation nor Frill7.5 Beat-Based Rhythm Processing As a Key Research Area7.6 ConclusionAppendixAfterwordReferences