Music as a communicative medium

  • Cross I
  • Woodruff G
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Abstract

This chapter draws on ethnomusicological, cognitive and neuroscientific evidence in proposing that music is a communicative medium with features that are optimised for the management of situations of social uncertainty, and that music and language constitute complementary components of the human communicative toolkit. It presents a theory of meaning in music, and compares its implications with those of a recent theory of prosodic features of language.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Co-evolution
  • Human communicative toolkit
  • Language capacity
  • Language development
  • Music
  • Speech

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Authors

  • Ian Cross

  • Ghofur Eliot Woodruff

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