MUSIC, LANGUAGE LEARNING US

February 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Ann Senghas of Barnard College explores the ways in which language learners and language users create ordered systems from disorder, and specifically the emergence of grammatical structure in a new sign language being created over generations of deaf children and adolescents in Nicaragua.
Jason Kao Hwang, a composer and violinist with roots in jazz and improvisational music, aspires to express life through a voice and language inseparable from that life. He imagines that the Chinese language his parents spoke at home was his formative musical experience. Jason will be joined by pianist Chris Forbes.

Language and music are both learned. But do they need to be taught? Come and hear of the improviser’s primal voice, inseparable from life, emerging through wonderful music and fascinating psychology.

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