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Language, Music, and the BrainA Mysterious Relationship$
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Michael A. Arbib

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018104

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018104.001.0001

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Multiple Levels of Structure in Language and Music

Multiple Levels of Structure in Language and Music

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(p.289) 12 Multiple Levels of Structure in Language and Music
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Language, Music, and the Brain
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Sharon Thompson-Schill

Peter Hagoort

Peter Ford Dominey

Henkjan Honing

Stefan Koelsch

D. Robert Ladd

Fred Lerdahl

Stephen C. Levinson

Mark Steedman

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018104.003.0012

A forum devoted to the relationship between music and language begins with an implicit assumption: There is at least one common principle that is central to all human musical systems and all languages, but that is not characteristic of (most) other domains. Why else should these two categories be paired together for analysis? We propose that one candidate for a common principle is their structure. In this chapter, we explore the nature of that structure—and its consequences for psychological and neurological processing mechanisms—within and across these two domains. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   relations between music and language, structure in music, structure in language, neural processing of music, neural processing of language

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