I'm doing a presentation in a theory of knowledge class next wednesday. I get to pick the topic, and I have picked "music as a language", but I should say that the title is flexible. It will probably be a Powerpoint presentation but hopefully I will be able to play some music clips as well. Does anyone have any expertise in the subject? Or good ideas? Something (i.e. a video clip on the internet) that would intrest my audience (non-musical 17 year olds) or make them laugh? I hope to cover vaugely the following questions:
What is a language?
What are the similarities/crossovers between music and language?
Is music as valid a communicator as language?
Can music express the same things as language?
Is music a less valid communicator than spoken language because it can mean different things to different people?
What are the similarities when it comes to science? (i.e. human brain)
I'd be really gratefull for any suggestions, I'm particularly lacking on the neurology bits, and also interesting multimedia. I should talk for about 15-20 mins and involve the audience a little. Help! (I'm a bit lacking in time!)
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