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Language, Music, and the Brain: A Mysterious Relationship

Michael A. Arbib


Through four key themes, this book explores the relationships between language, music, and the brain and the crosstalk between them: (a) song and dance as a bridge between music and language; (b) multiple levels of structure from brain to behavior to culture; (c) the semantics of internal and external worlds and the role of emotion; and (d) the evolution and development of language. Specially commissioned as part of the Strungmann Forum Reports Series, these expositions of current research provide access to experts across disciplines and to non-experts. These chapters provide the background fo ... More

Keywords: neural foundations of music, neural foundations of language, language–music relations in the brain, language development, song, dance, birdsong, infant development, neural evolution of music

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780262018104
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael A. Arbib, editor
University of Southern California

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Part 1: An Expanded Perspective

Part 2: Action, Emotion, and the Semantics

8 Semantics of Internal and External Worlds

Uwe Seifert, Paul F. M. J. Verschure, Michael A. Arbib, Annabel J. Cohen, Leonardo Fogassi, Thomas Fritz, Gina Kuperberg, Jônatas Manzolli, and Nikki Rickard

Part 3: Structure

9 The Infrastructure of the Language-Ready Brain

Peter Hagoort and David Poeppel

12 Multiple Levels of Structure in Language and Music

Sharon Thompson-Schill, Peter Hagoort, Peter Ford Dominey, Henkjan Honing, Stefan Koelsch, D. Robert Ladd, Fred Lerdahl, Stephen C. Levinson, and Mark Steedman

Part 4: Integration

13 Neural Mechanisms of Music, Singing, and Dancing

Petr Janata and Lawrence M. Parsons

15 Action, Language, and Music

Michael A. Arbib, Paul F. M. J. Verschure, and Uwe Seifert

16 Computational Modeling of Mind and Music

Paul F. M. J. Verschure and Jônatas Manzolli

17 The Neurobiology of Language, Speech, and Music

Jonathan Fritz, David Poeppel, Laurel Trainor, Gottfried Schlaug, Aniruddh D. Patel, Isabelle Peretz, Josef P. Rauschecker, John Halle, Francesca Stregapede, and Lawrence M. Parsons

Part 5: Development, Evolution, and Culture

19 Evolving the Language-and Music- Ready Brain

Michael A. Arbib and Atsushi Iriki

21 Culture and Evolution

Ian Cross, W. Tecumseh Fitch, Francisco Aboitiz, Atsushi Iriki, Erich D. Jarvis, Jerome Lewis, Katja Liebal, Bjorn Merker, Dietrich Stout, and Sandra E. Trehub