Patel is a neuroscientist and musician who was quoted on National Public Radio today in the story, Signing, Singing, Speaking: How Language Evolved, about his research about the possibility that language evolved from music.
Quoting the NPR piece:
“Even Charles Darwin “talked about our ancestors singing love songs to each other before we could speak articulate language,” Patel says.
And musical ability is similar to language in that you can see aspects of it in other species. Some monkeys can recognize dissonant tones, songbirds use complicated patterns of pitch and rhythm, and a few parrots can even dance to a beat.”
Although I am not a neuroscientist, I truly see the link between language and music as it relates for language learning, especially foreign language education.
The seven minute piece is a good introduction into the topic of language, music and the mind.