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LANGUAGE AND MUSIC
I underestimated the interest that this topic would generate. Rather than
replying to all the respondents individually, I'll send out a digest of the
replies I got to the list. Please find enclosed, as a text-file
attachment, the information I received on experts and expertise in the area
of music and language acquisition.
From: Aniruddh Patel
I happen to work on the relation of language and music processing (from
a cognitive neuroscience standpoint). Your student might want to take a
look at some of my papers, which are listed on my web page:
The 1997 book chapter provides an overview of some issues.
One person who is actively involved in developmental aspects of language
& music is Sandra Trehub, who is at the Univ. of Toronto
From: Peter Lennox
. . . Barry Truax might be a name worth following up on, likewise Murray Shaffer; also the list
WFAE : world forum for acoustic ecology, might be useful, or the soundscape uk list in Britain.
(search on UKISC).
From: Lonce Wyse
Check out the work of Robert Zatorre - I believe he is currently
atCornell. Works in auditory cortex responses to music, tonality, etc...
From: Jont Allen
I have attached a talk we have been giving, that may
have some relation to your interests.
From: Lola L. Cuddy
"The Origins of Music" (edited by Wallin, Merker, and Brown ( MIT Press, 2000)) . There is a
section on Music, language and human evolution.
In neuropsychology, the work by Isabelle Peretz on dissocations between
language and music is relevant. There is a good review by Dalla Bella and
Peretz in a recent issue of Journal of New Music Research (1999). We [at Queen's University,
Kingston, Ontario] have also been working with patient with amusia; the paper is accepted by
Cognitive Neuropsychology. . .
On the developmental side, Laurel Trainor at McMaster would be a good
person to contact.
The music newsletter http://musica.ps.uci.edu/mrn.html
has some reports on music, reading, language skills, etc. but one has to
be highly selective.
From: Joel Snyder
Below is a list of presenters at a recent conference of the New York
Academy of Sciences on "THE BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC". More info and
additional presenters from the conference are at http://www.nyas.org/. The
proceedings for this conference will be published as a peer-edited volume
of very high quality later this year by the NYAS.
Eckart Altenmuller, M.D., Hannover Academy for
Music and Drama, Hannover, Germany; Jamshed Bharucha, Ph.D,
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; Mireille Besson, Ph.D.,
Center National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS, Marseille,
John C.M. Brust, M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians &
Surgeons, New York; Andrea Halpern, Ph.D., Bucknell University,
Lewisburg, Philadelphia; Mari Tevaniemi, Ph.D., University of
Helsinki, Finland; Josef P. Rauschecker, Ph.D., D.Sc., Georgetown
University Medical Center, Washington, DC; Stephen McAdams, Ph.D.,
IRCAM, Paris France; Tim Griffiths, D.M., Newcastle University
School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom; and Lawrence M.Parsons,
Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio,
From: Niall Griffith, University of Limerick
I am currently researching a book on this subject (language & music).
The biomusicological perspective is definitely an approach but is really only satisfactory in
conjunction with other perspectives.Evolutionary approaches are very popular but they leave
many questions unanswered.
Dr. Matthew Royal
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dept. of Theory and Composition
Faculty of Music
University of Western Ontario
Canada N6A 3K7
Phone: (519) 661-2111 Ext. 85198
Fax: (519) 661-3531