A Parallel Between Music and Speech: Tonality and Tone

John T. Hogan


The goal of this paper is to discuss a substantive rather than a formal parallel between language and music and to suggest that musical notation may have value in representing some speech materia!. The domain of interest is limited to speech perception and phonetics only. The phenomenon of interest is tone, especially the tonal sequences that occur in some African languages which have downstep.

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