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Archives All Issues since 1992

In the archive you will find all contributions that have appeared on the online platform since 2010. Also accessible are the annual bulletins that the association Leseforum Schweiz had published in printed form from 1992 to 2006.

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Language and music

Language and music are universal forms of human expression which shape both our identities and our communication. While music is often considered a vehicle for conveying emotions and moods, language is deemed both a key tool in acquiring and passing on knowledge and a way of sharing thoughts and experiences with others.

Language and music may be different phenomena but they have much in common. They are both complex systems organised hierarchically, whether by phoneme or tone. They use comparable forms of notation to record information for the present and to capture it for perpetuity. The function and sequencing of musical and linguistic units follow clear rules. Stress, intonation, speed and rhythm are features of both spoken language and musical events. On the level of articulation, acoustics and perception, prosody – patterns of stress and intonation – can be considered the clearest link between these two phenomena. More

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