Razzmatazz (chyzar) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Music as a language

I've been having an ongoing discussion with my partner. He says that music is a language, and I say that it isn't. Now, I majored in linguistics and I'm studying speech pathology in grad school, so I have various different definitions of language handy...and yet I'm having trouble finding one that would discount music. Even though music certainly doesn't have all the usual features of language (words, etc.) it still fits some of my current available definitions.

It feels so obvious to me that music is NOT language, and yet I can't seem to disprove it in our discussions. What do you think? Arguments either way? Thanks!
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