Tamara Rathcke to give talk at language conference

Dr Tamara Rathcke, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Linguistics, has been invited to give a plenary talk at the annual conference of the New Zealand Linguistics Society with a talk titled ‘From Language to Music and Back’.

Links between language and music continue fascinating philosophers, linguists and musicologists alike, and recent years have seen research on this topic booming within psychology. In this talk, Tamara will discuss a linguistic contribution to the understanding of how language and music might be interrelated.

Tamara says: “I will be presenting collaborative work on the so-called “speech-to-song illusion” – a naturally occurring auditory illusion that crosses the boundaries between language and music and helps to illuminate the linguistic and the cognitive underpinnings or the two uniquely human faculties”.

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