Does language affect musicI like to study music. But I like to study languages too. I've seen the same musical scale being used by modern rock guitarists and Rajastani folk artists. Major scale, is used in many cultures across the world to create music. There are many technical facets that make music sound different, though played the same phrase. Tuning of instruments, technique of playing, timbre of instruments etc. But I want to think of it as an effect of language.
To put things into perspective, Mongolians have a throat singing habit. This let's out a low, growling sound, which is accompanied by suitably tuned string instruments. There are certain sounds missing or added in a language, and the melody written by people of that culture follow these changes in language. We know how most Hindi/Urdu words end with "ei" sound. Hence the melodies written in Hindi language lyrics, follow the pattern of notes accordingly. Tribal music from African countries have an odd rhythm played in fast tempo to back the legato singing of the performer. Legato is where you continuously sing notes without breaks. And the most "in the face" example is, Medieval church choir singing in Latin languages, where a performer emphasises and holds a note when O or A sound is made. Spanish is a mouthful language. So we see staccato singing in Spanish songs. Staccato is the opposite of Legato, where notes are sang with regular breaks. Language isn't just a tool. We humans are routinely shaped by our language. Do you see the same or want to differ with this observation?