Summarize Spoken Text
You will hear a short report. Write a summary for a fellow student who was not present. You should write 50-70 words. You have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points presented in the lecture.
Scientists like Darwin wrote about possible evolutionary links between music and language in his book the Descent of Man and so did artists like Leonard Bernstein who gave a series of lectures at Harvard in the 70s. He spoke about the grammar of language and the grammar of music from Noam Chomsky's theories. So, it's a persistent question. It keeps drawing interest from scientists today but there are some basic obvious similarities. For example, both music and language have rhythmic systematic patterns of timing, accent and grouping. Both language and music have melody-structured patterns of pitch, over time. Both have syntax. Discrete elements like words or notes and principles for combining those elements into sequences. Sentences are just random sequences of words. Both convey affect which means emotion using sound. You can make out a lot of emotion from a person’s voice and music has the characteristic of providing emotions like happiness or sadness.