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Re: working memory and melody

The recent comments on this issue (from Deutsch, Demeny and others) are compatible with Margaret Wilson's claim that  ``the phonological loop'' is basically articulatory or motor. See her review article: `The case for sensorimotor coding in working memory' in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 8 (2001), pp. 44-57.  She concludes that ``only a sensorimotor model can accommodate the broad range of effects that characterize verbal working memory'' and points out that this supports the general viewpoint of embodied cognition.  So what Baddeley called `phonological' is not at all what linguists would call phonological (since they would expect that to mean something completely abstract and devoid of sensory or motor content).
    So the prediction would have to be that the only way the ``phonological loop'' could encode music is if it could be stored as something one could SING

Bob Port
Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN