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Language and music: sound, structure, and meaning

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Abstract Language and music are the most impressive examples of humans' capacity to process complex sound and structure. Though interest in the relationship between these two abilities has a long history, only recently has cognitive and neuroscientific research started to illuminate both what is shared and what is distinct between linguistic and musical processing. This review considers evidence for a link between language and music at three levels of analysis: sound, structure, and meaning. These links not only inform our understanding of language and music, but also add to a more basic understanding of our processing of complex auditory stimuli, structure, meaning, and emotion. WIREs Cogn Sci 2012, 3:483–492. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1186 This article is categorized under: Linguistics > Language in Mind and Brain

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