Authors: Anthony Brandt, Molly Gebrian and L. Robert Slevc
Publication: Frontiers in Psychology
Publication volume & issue: vol 3 no. 00327 Year: 2012
From the abstract: “…we argue that it is more productive from a developmental perspective to describe spoken language as a special type of music. A review of existing studies presents a compelling case that musical hearing and ability is essential to language acquisition. In addition, we challenge the prevailing view that music cognition matures more slowly than language and is more difficult; instead, we argue that music learning matches the speed and effort of language acquisition. We conclude that music merits a central place in our understanding of human development.”
The full text of this article is available online. (via Anthropologist in the Attic http://tinyurl.com/8r8bwdz)
As I read this article, I kept thinking what Bernstein would have made of it, and thus I give you lecture 2 from his 1973 Harvard lectures, The Unanswered Question.