People often talk about the link between music and language, but to what extent is such a link real and ascertainable? If such a link does in fact exist, can we study it in a tangible and scholarly manner? Furthermore, does such a link have anything to tell us about cultural traditions? This course attempts to answer these questions from a uniquely Chinese perspective. Using primary and secondary source materials from past and present, we will draw on the rich Chinese musical, linguistic and literary traditions in dealing with these questions.