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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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Music, language, and modularity in action

Music, language, and modularity in action

(p.254) Chapter 27 Music, language, and modularity in action
Language and Music as Cognitive Systems

Isabelle Peretz

Oxford University Press

This chapter expands the modularity position to action rather than to perception. Modularity in perception has been treated in several prior papers; action refers to singing and speaking. It reviews the literature on these two major modes of vocal expression and discusses their respective modularity. First, it provides a brief background on the contemporary notion of modularity. Next, it reviews the evidence for modularity in speaking and singing as arising from four sources: neuropsychological dissociation; overlap in neuroimaging; interference effects; and domain-transfer effects. Finally, it contrasts the modularity position with the resource-sharing framework proposed by Patel.

Keywords:   modularity, action, perception, speaking, signing, resource sharing

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