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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553426.003.0027

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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