And what of human musicality?
Journal/Book: Behav Brain Sci. 1996; 19: 40 West 20TH Street, New York, NY 10011-4211. Cambridge Univ Press. 788.
Abstract: The hypothesized brain evolution and preconditions for language may have allowed for the emergence of musicality either simultaneously with or before the emergence of language. Music and language are parallel in their hierarchical, temporally organized structure, and the evolution of hierarchical representation in hominids may have provided the basis for muscle representation. Because music could have been produced manually or vocally before the production of spoken langauge, it remains possible that language emerged from music and that music thus served as a communicative precursor to language.
Note: Editorial Lynch MP, Purdue Univ, Dept Audiol & Speech Sci, W Lafayette,IN 47907 USA
Keyword(s): MONKEYS CEBUS-APELLA; INFANTS PERCEPTION; CONTOUR; RATS