12017-03-19T15:06:17-07:00Carol Chiodo67ccc819a067cd2274f73673e96c6dc6a5340417161682This copy of the Thousand Character Classic dates from Korea’s late Joseon period, of the eighteenth to nineteenth century. The meaning and pronunciation of each Chinese character are written beneath in Korean. Courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Libraryplain2017-03-19T15:07:27-07:00Carol Chiodo67ccc819a067cd2274f73673e96c6dc6a5340417
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12017-03-19T14:28:24-07:00Music and Language16structured_gallery2017-03-21T15:09:55-07:00 From the ABC song of Sesame Street to the Chinese poem Quianzi wen pictured below, we can find many examples of how music plays a crucial role in language learning. Rhyming song lyrics act as mnemonic devices, tapping into the power of music and rhythm. Studies have shown an increased ease of learning with song compared to speech. According to a 2007 study, songs may contribute to early phases of language acquisition in several ways. First, the emotional aspects of a song may increase engagement and attention. Pitch contours may enhance phonological discrimination, since syllable change is often accompanied by a change in pitch. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the consistent cognitive mapping of musical and linguistic structures in the brain may optimize the efficacy of learning.