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Thread #158878 Message #3762857
Posted By: Lighter
04-Jan-16 - 01:59 PM
Thread Name: folk process: tune evolution?
Subject: RE: folk process: tune evolution?
Correct. That's why I said "evolution" instead of "biological evolution."
When people talk about of "evolution," what they usually seem to have in mind is the evolution of complex organisms like themselves from ancient amoeba thingies.
Another common context is to talk about the "evolution" of technologies. There's no doubt that today's cars are more complicated and sophisticated than Henry Ford's.
It is clearer to speak about "change" in folk music rather than "evolution."
Leeneia's helpful lists omits simple forgetting, confusion, and rationalization, two further important sources of change.