Singing But Not Speaking: A Retrospect on Music-Language Interrelationships in the Human Brain since Otto Marburg’s Zur Frage der Amusie (1919) (pp.239-248)
Authors: (D. Koniari, H. Proios, K. Tsapkini, L.C. Triarhou, Neuroscience Wing, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, and others)
Abstract: This chapter reviews the relation between human neural systems for language and music as revealed by spoken and sung words, in light of a 1919 contribution by the eminent Viennese neurologist Otto Marburg (1874–1948), placing special emphasis on early neurological ideas in the European continent. Although the topic has been addressed for more than a century, there remain unresolved issues, especially in the light of the increasing evidence that music and language share common processing components. Marburg distanced himself from the holding suggestions at the time on the selective localization of music functions in the right or the left hemisphere; instead, he argued that the two cerebral hemispheres interact during music expression. Such a view might have verged on the heretic then, but is in line with the current neuropsychological evidence.