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, Mark Steedman

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage, music, and the brain: A mysterious relationship
Subtitle of host publicationMultiple levels of structure in language and music
PublisherMIT Press
Pages289-303
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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