Language, Music, and the Brain

A Mysterious Relationship

This book explores the relationships between language, music, and the brain by pursuing four key themes and the crosstalk among them: song and dance as a bridge between music and language; multiple levels of structure from brain to behavior to culture; the semantics of internal and external worlds and the role of emotion; and the evolution and development of language. The book offers specially commissioned expositions of current research accessible both to experts across disciplines and to non-experts. These chapters provide the background for reports by groups of specialists that chart current controversies and future directions of research on each theme.

The book looks beyond mere auditory experience, probing the embodiment that links speech to gesture and music to dance. The study of the brains of monkeys and songbirds illuminates hypotheses on the evolution of brain mechanisms that support music and language, while the study of infants calibrates the developmental timetable of their capacities. The result is a unique book that will interest any reader seeking to learn more about language or music and will appeal especially to readers intrigued by the relationships of language and music with each other and with the brain.

Contributors: Francisco Aboitiz, Michael A. Arbib, Annabel J. Cohen, Ian Cross, Peter Ford Dominey, W. Tecumseh Fitch, Leonardo Fogassi, Jonathan Fritz, Thomas Fritz, Peter Hagoort, John Halle, Henkjan Honing, Atsushi Iriki, Petr Janata, Erich Jarvis, Stefan Koelsch, Gina Kuperberg, D. Robert Ladd, Fred Lerdahl, Stephen C. Levinson, Jerome Lewis, Katja Liebal, Jônatas Manzolli, Bjorn Merker, Lawrence M. Parsons, Aniruddh D. Patel, Isabelle Peretz, David Poeppel, Josef P. Rauschecker, Nikki Rickard, Klaus Scherer, Gottfried Schlaug, Uwe Seifert, Mark Steedman, Dietrich Stout, Francesca Stregapede, Sharon Thompson-Schill, Laurel Trainor, Sandra E. Trehub, Paul Verschure

Table of Contents

  1. The Ernst Strüngmann Forum
  2. List of Contributors
  3. Preface
  4. 1. Five Terms in Search of a Synthesis
  5. 2. A Cross-Cultural Perspective on the Significance of Music and Dance to Culture adn Society: Insight from BaYaka Pygmies
  6. 3. Cross-Cultural Universals and Communication Structures
  7. 4. Shared Meaning, Mirroring, and Joint Action
  8. 5. Emotion in Action, Interaction, Music, and Speech
  9. 6. Neural Correlates of Music Perception
  10. 7. Film Music and the Unfolding Narrative
  11. 8. Semantics of Internal and External Worlds
  12. 9. The Infrastructure of the Language-Ready Brain
  13. 10. Musical Syntax and Its Relation to Linguistic Syntax
  14. 11. An Integrated View of Phonetics, Phonology, and Prosody
  15. 12. Multiple Levels of Structure in Language and Music
  16. 13. Neural Mechanisms of Music, Singing, and Dancing
  17. 14. Sharing and Nonsharing of Brain Resources for Language and Music
  18. 15. Action, Language, and Music: Events in Time and Models of the Brain
  19. 16. Computational Modeling of Mind and Music
  20. 17. The Neurobiology of Language, Speech, and Music
  21. 18. Communication, Music, and Language in Infancy
  22. 19. Evolving the Language-and Music Ready Brain
  23. 20. Birdsong and Other Animal Models for Human Speech, Song, and Vocal Learning
  24. 21. Culture and Evolution
  25. Bibliography
  26. Subject Index