Dance, language and the brain
by Ivar Hagendoorn
International Journal of Arts and Technology (IJART), Vol. 3, No. 2/3, 2010

Abstract: This paper explores the relationship between dance and language in the light of recent findings from linguistics, cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary psychology. I will argue that at a formal level of sentence construction dance and language share many characteristics, but that the analogy breaks down at the level of meaning, reference, truth and function. With this in mind, I will argue that dance and language build on a shared cognitive architecture and may have a joint evolutionary origin. Finally, I will show how the analysis of language may be put to creative use.

Online publication date: Wed, 07-Apr-2010

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