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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000066.txt from 2000/09

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] Language vs. music
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2000 22:49:04 -0400

<><> Rien Stein wrote:
To begin with the last: it is a well-known fact that people who stutter
often can better express themselves when they sing what they want to

Is this a double-edged sword? On the one hand, it supports the
"music and language use different areas of the brain" approach; but on
the other hand, it could indicate that music restores an element that is
missing in such cases and that is required for language.
However, my vague memory (very vague!) is that music helps
stutterers because it activates an alternate pathway to the same speech
centers in the brain -- or something of that sort.

I hope it's apparent that I'm not claiming that music and language
are the same thing, only that they may share some basic (low level or
primitive) circuitry in common.


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