(in press). Isochrony, vocal learning and the acquisition of rhythm and melody. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
A cross-species perspective can extend and provide testable predictions for Savage et al.’s
framework. Rhythm and melody, I argue, could bootstrap each other in the evolution of
musicality. Isochrony may function as a temporal grid to support rehearsing and learning
modulated, pitched vocalizations. Once this melodic plasticity is acquired, focus can shift back to refining rhythm processing and beat induction.