Although there have already been several studies that investigated how rhythm is integrated with the domains of both music and speech, there have rarely been comparative studies regarding musical rhythm and linguistic rhythm. The lack of such comparative research may be attributed to how researchers of one domain barely have time to look into the complexities of the other since each possesses its own large share of complexities, rather than lack of interest. As such research may enable us to gain a wider view on how rhythm plays a central part in human cognition, one of the goals of this chapter involves providing both empirical and conceptual tools for researchers to examine the links between musical and linguistic rhythm. This chapter clarifies the definition of “rhythm”, introduces the notion of rhythm in speech, and provides an account regarding cross-domain comparisons of rhythm.
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