This course explores language and music, and their co-occurrence in human societies and cultures. Is it a mere coincidence or is there an underlying reason? Is our innate ability to develop language related to how we create and experience music? Is our brain “wired” for both music and language? Are they related to each other in the brain? Do they share an evolutionary history in the human species? We will address these questions by defining language and music, exploring their structural similarities and differences, and surveying the global diversity in musical and linguistic expression. (Available for General Education, C1 Arts.)

Fall-2024 - Schedule of Classes

LING 240

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