Re: Musical Language was:(Re: DIPLOMACY: Memetic Morphing)

Timothy Bates (
Wed, 18 Nov 1998 11:56:25 +1100

Hi all,

Joe E. Dees said
>Human language has its own song, true; but the
>rhythm, key and timbre of human speech has its musical roots in the
>calls of mammals, and colors the sterile cortical facticity of the word
>with felt limbic emotion. Words came later. Joe

Yes. Dejerine referred to the "language quadrant" - a vertical core of brain including neocortex, as well as underlying strutures both limbic, thalamic, and brain stem nuclei That is of course the trouble with terms like language and so forth: they cinclude the whole brain, when define dwidely enough. Nevertheless, it is fruitful to break language into its constituent parts..

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