Semantics and Syntax: Melody and Sentence Generation

Neural Basis of Interactive Musical Communication
  • Melody and sentence generation: brain activation (Brown, 2006)
  • Music and Language side by side:

“In terms of function, music and language appear to show strong divergence at the level of meaning (semantics) but significant parallels with respect to grammar (or syntax) and intonation).”

(Brown 2006 based on (Swain 1997; Besson and Schon, 2003 and Patel, 2003)