Tuning into language
Language and music appear to be processed in the same parts of our brains, according to the results of research undertaken at Georgetown University Medical Center.
The research suggests that one part of the brain in the temporal lobes helps us to memorise information such as words and meanings in language and melodies in music. Meanwhile part of the brain’s frontal lobes helps us to learn and use the rules of language and music, such as sentence syntax and musical harmony.
Some theories of the origins of language, such as this one, argue that singing developed before language and that the brain structures that originally evolved to enable us to sing were later adapted for language. This research provides possible support for such theories.