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BioNB222 Spring 2008 Cornell University Ronald R. Hoy 1 Lecture 32. Language and Communication II: Origins of language and music Reading Assignment: Purves—Chapter 27; selected websites—see course website for source information. Lecture Outline What is communicated by language and by music? Language is “compositional” Music is “holistic” What do we know about memory for language and memory? What do we know about emotional vs. cognitive aspects of language and music? What makes up a “proto-language” and “proto-music”? Since behavior does not fossilize, what can be inferred about behavior from whatever fossil record that actually exists?
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Unformatted text preview: The questions of origins: common origin or independent evolution? The evidence from brain anatomy. Neuromuscular and brain mechanisms of the production and perception of speech and music. Is music an inherently and universal quality? Are there universal features in the world’s music? Western art music and “World Music” What are the basic biological and psychological differences between music and language? The question of language and music modules in the brain. Evidence for separate modules for language and music. The argument from functional dissociation The evidence from functional imaging....
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