Music, Language, and the Brain

Music, Language, and the Brain

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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 Platos time, the relationship between music and language has 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 one way 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 book provides the first synthesis, arguing that music and language share deep and critical connections, and that comparative research provides a powerful way to study the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying these uniquely human more

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  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 816.46g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 17 black & white photographs and 90 line illustrations
  • 0195123751
  • 9780195123753
  • 918,592

About Aniruddh D. Patel

Aniruddh D. Patel is past president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Tufts more

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...this book undoubtedly provides the best attempt so far to synthesize theory and research findings, and in doing so highlights the many advantages of applying a holistic approach to the study of music and language. * Brain: A Journal of Neurology * intellectual tour-de-force...[the book] requires focused engagement, but the rewards are rich...this definitive analysis of music cognition and its relationship to language [is] a work of exceptional scholarship and clarity. * Nature * a fascinating synopsis of the current, young state of scientific research in cross-domain language-music comparative study. The book transverses with ease the disciplinary lines of linguistics, music and neuroscience. This impressive work of scholarship will serve as a reference of the topic for years to come. * Phonology *show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Sound Elements: Pitch and Timbre ; 2.1 Introduction ; 2.2 Musical Sound Systems ; 2.3 Linguistic Sound Systems ; 2.4 Sound Category Learning as a Key Link ; 2.5 Conclusion ; Appendixes ; 3. Rhythm ; 3.1 Introduction ; 3.2 Rhythm in Music ; 3.3 Rhythm in Speech ; 3.4 Interlude: Rhythm in Poetry and Song ; 3.5 Non-Periodic Aspects of Rhythm as a Key Link ; 3.6 Conclusion ; Appendixes ; 4. Melody ; 4.1 Introduction ; 4.2 Melody in Music: Comparisons to Speech ; 4.3 Speech Melody: Links to Music ; 4.4 Interlude: Musical and Linguistic Melody in Song ; 4.5 Melodic Statistics and Melodic Contour as Key Links ; 4.6 Conclusion ; Appendix ; 5. Syntax ; 5.1 Introduction ; 5.2 The Structural Richness of Musical Syntax ; 5.3 Formal Differences and Similarities between Musical and Linguistic Syntax ; 5.4 Neural Resources for Syntactic Integration as a Key Link ; 5.5 Conclusion ; 6. Meaning ; 6.1 Introduction ; 6.2 A Brief Taxonomy of Musical Meaning ; 6.3 Linguistic Meaning in Relation to Music ; 6.4 Interlude: Linguistic and Musical Meaning in Song ; 6.5 The Expression and Appraisal of Emotion as a Key Link ; 6.6 Conclusion ; 7. Evolution ; 7.1 Introduction ; 7.2 Language and Natural Selection ; 7.3 Music and Natural Selection ; 7.4 Music and Evolution: Neither Adaptation nor Frill ; 7.5 Beat-Based Rhythm Processing as a Key Research Area ; 7.6 Conclusion ; Appendix ; Afterword ; References ; List of Sound Examples ; Lis of Credits ; Author Index ; Subject Indexshow more

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