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Day: April 22, 2017
What is your opinion on the unidirectionality hypothesis of grammaticalization?
I am much more of a functionalist than Daniel Ross and Brian Collins, so I am much more sympathetic to unidirectionality, and the fact that there are counterexamples does not bother me. It did bother Brian Joseph, who’s one of the big names against unidirectionality, and who also marked my thesis. He found it pretty […]
Are there similarities between Turkish and Greek Music?
There are underlying similarities between Turkish and Greek music at a deeper level, and there are clear similarities between Greek pop and Turkish pop at a more proximate level. At a deeper level, the scales and instruments used by Turks and Greeks are related, through close to a millennium of coexistence. The tunings and modes […]