Why are Arab and Latin American countries so obsessed with Turkish TV shows?

I know that Greeks obsessed with Latin American telenovelas, and now obsess with Turkish soaps.

My uninformed guess:

Many countries’ romantic dramas feature overt sentimentality and melodrama. They spend a lot of time emphasising the romantic relationship between protagonists, and they do so overtly—music, longing gazes, dialogue.

American soaps feature plenty of melodrama too. But they do not emphasise the romance nearly as much: it is certainly there, but in comparison, it is dealt with in a way that Anglos would say is restrained, and “warmer” people would say is cold. Some music, some longing gazes, but nowhere near as much—much more emphasis on the challenges to the couple. Much less vaseline on the lens.

And obviously this is a Northern/Southern (in European terms) cultural difference.

My guess: Turkish TV is filling a niche of sentimentality unsatisfied by American TV, and much more congenial to Arab and Latino notions of what a soapie should be like.

Which languages helped you more in learning Modern Greek?

I’m a native speaker, but I’ll venture this.

Joachim Pense correctly said Classical Greek—and he also said that if you don’t already know Classical Greek, it is something of a detour.

Knowing any language which has taken a lot of vocabulary from Classical Greek—meaning all Western European languages other than Icelandic—will help the vocabulary—but less than you might think. Knowing Italian or Turkish used to help you more with the vocabulary than it does now, because the revived Classical Greek words displaced them.

For the syntax, Bulgarian and Macedonian would help. Albanian would help for the syntax and the inflection overload (at least to get you over the shock of how much there is).

But Greek is its own language branch, so no language is going to give you the kind of leg-up you would get in other, larger language branches.

Where perhaps is the majority of the community of Quora located on the political spectrum?

Per the 133 answers on How do Quorans score on the Political Compass Test? : Libertarian Left.

When will Quora add a way for members to contact its moderation team without having to send an email to moderation@Quora.com?

March 2016. When they phased out the email address to make it even more… [insert adjective here].

Marc Bodnick’s answer to Is moderation@quora.com a reliable way to get attention from Quora moderators?

When did words begin to have double (or even triple) meanings?

I’m not quite the right person to ask about this; serious interest in the origins of language resumed after I studied linguistics.

But think about it. Why do words have multiple meanings?

We differentiate polysemy and homophony: multiple related meanings, and multiple unrelated meanings.

Why is there polysemy? Because words get applied to different contexts, by analogy and metaphor and metonymy.

When would polysemy have started? The minute humans became cognitively capable of analogy and metaphor. And that capacity may well have predated language.

Why is there homophony? Look at Marc Ettlinger’s answer to What is the reason for the existence of polysemous words in a language? (Even if he’s addressing homophony rather than polysemy.) Accidental convergence, borrowing, neologisms.

When would homophony have started? The minute there was more than zero neighbouring languages to borrow from, and the minute sound change started, and the minute people started making up new words. And that would have been not long after humans started using language.

What will you never do in your whole life and why?

Mez, I am one who strives not to be judgemental, including on myself. (I fail a lot on the latter.) I associate that with not ruling things out; you don’t know what might happen, and what you might find yourself driven to. For Man is a Giddy Creature, as Shakespeare said somewhere.

But I’ve got a couple of answers.

  • I’ll never take drugs. My apologies to all my drug-partaking peers here, but I don’t think I’m ever even going to get drunk: I’m too much of a control freak about myself.
  • I’ll never have kids. I’ve left it too late.
  • I’ll never bungie jump. That’s OK. I never wanted to. Acrophobia.

… That’s all I got!

What do you think of your Quora followers?

I wanted to do the contrarian “Ah, they can all sod off and take their fricking upvotes with them.” But I couldn’t, (a) because I wouldn’t mean it, and (b) because Harry Prasetya actually put it cogently: Harry Prasetya’s answer to What do you think of your Quora followers?

1.2k is a lot of people. I can’t individuate them any more; that’s why I try to follow just 300 ±10%.

The people I regularly chat and banter with? They give me delight and meaning. They challenge me and they improve me. They’re my kin. And I hope they know that.

The people I don’t regular chat with, but have the odd exchange with? They’re my neighbours. I’m always happy to see them. Hello neighbours! *wave*

The people that I have no idea why they followed me? Thanks guys, seriously, thank you, but… I have no idea why you followed me. If they’re big enough names, I’ve taken to asking them why; they often don’t have satisfactory answers. 🙂

What baby names are banned in your country, and why?

Thanks a bunch, Quora, for blocking Answer Wikis on new questions.

See also:

Polyglot Challenge: Can you read and record a paragraph in these various languages that use Roman script?

Oh, Sam and Michael, Michael and Sam. Oh dear. Oh… dear.

Vocaroo | Voice message

Nick Nicholas’ answer to How would you describe the dialect and accent of the languages which you can speak? has at least some explanation about why these sound as bad as they do.