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The Music of Language, or Why Nearly Everyone is a Musical Genius

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 15, 2007

The musical aspects of language–that is, its pitch and rhythm–have important functions beyond making spoken words more pleasing to the ear. Dr. Laura Dilley, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Communication Disorders, will describe some of the functions of the musical attributes of language, which include conveying meaning and emotional status, aiding in decoding speech signals, and even contributing to language acquisition in babies.

Dr Dilley’s talk is sponsored by the Department of English and the Black Swamp Literary Society as part of the Linguistics Brown Bag Lecture Series and will be held on Friday, October 19 at 12:30 pm in Room 209 of the Education Building.


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