theunixgeek (theunixgeek) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Music and Language

 It took me a while to figure out how to formulate this question, and it might still seem rather unclear, but nonetheless - in what ways is music (both heard and written) like a language, and how is it unlike one? I can look at sheet music as if it were a page of text, and play it on an instrument as if I were reading it out loud, and in the same way that a speaker can transform a text's meaning by intonation and manner of presentation, I can communicate a certain feeling by the way I play the piece. And if someone is playing, I can follow along and notice idiosyncrasies in the performance based on the text that is in front of me.

In these regards, music is very much like a language, but what distinguishes it from, say, French, Yoruba, or Bengali?
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