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Language and Music as Cognitive Systems$
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Patrick Rebuschat, Martin Rohmeier, John A. Hawkins, and Ian Cross

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553426.001.0001

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Language, music, and the brain: a resource-sharing framework

Language, music, and the brain: a resource-sharing framework

(p.204) Chapter 22 Language, music, and the brain: a resource-sharing framework
Language and Music as Cognitive Systems

Aniruddh D. Patel

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses a theoretical framework for the cognitive study of music-language relations called resource sharing. Resource sharing makes a basic conceptual distinction between domain-specific knowledge and shared neural resources that operate upon this knowledge as part of cognitive processing. This framework was originally proposed as a way to reconcile contradictory evidence on music-language relations with respect to syntactic processing, since neuropsychology had pointed to independence and neuroimaging had pointed to overlap. The chapter expands this framework, applying it to online processes of syntactic comprehension and to developmental processes involved in learning the phonemic structure of language. In both cases, resource sharing suggests that aspects of language and music, which are very different in their structural organization, can have deep connections in terms of cognitive processing.

Keywords:   music-language relations, resource sharing, cognitive processing, syntactic comprehension

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