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Isochrony, vocal learning and the acquisition of rhythm and melody

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Ravignani,  Andrea
Comparative Bioacoustics, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Ravignani, A. (in press). Isochrony, vocal learning and the acquisition of rhythm and melody. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-9BA8-D
Abstract
A cross-species perspective can extend and provide testable predictions for Savage et al.’s framework. Rhythm and melody, I argue, could bootstrap each other in the evolution of musicality. Isochrony may function as a temporal grid to support rehearsing and learning modulated, pitched vocalizations. Once this melodic plasticity is acquired, focus can shift back to refining rhythm processing and beat induction.