March 19, 2014

The Music of Conversation

On Language: Episode #6

Whether or not you can play the drums or keep your body in rhythm out on the dance floor, if you're reading this sentence, you're participating in the unheard music of language. In his research at Washington University in St. Louis, linguist Brett Hyde, assistant professor of philosophy, delves into the rhythms behind everyday conversation. By studying the accent patterns of languages around the world, Hyde's goal is to discover the underlying principles that organize these patterns. Feel free to clap along as you hear about the connections between music, poetry, and the distinct beats of every sentence ever spoken.

The Music Of Conversation by Hold That Thought. Image Flickr: afagen audio free music archive: Dexter Britain, Gillicuddy, Krowne, Words of Sign; Freesound: kellieskitchen.