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Music and Arabic Language
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Music and language have things in common. It is even thought by some that they have a common origin and were once indistinguishable. Whatever the truth of this, they share several characteristics: although they can be written down, they are primarily oral/aural; they are organized sound; they progress linearly in time; their constituents use differences in length and pitch as distinctive elements; there is a hierarchy of structured constituents from the smallest ones (notes or phonemes) to larg…

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Geert Jan van Gelder, “Music and Arabic Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_000022>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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