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The basic colour terms of Lower Sorbian and Upper Sorbian and their typological relevance

Hippisley, A, Davies, IRL and Corbett, Greville G. (2008) The basic colour terms of Lower Sorbian and Upper Sorbian and their typological relevance Studies in Language, 32 (1). 56 - 92. ISSN 0378-4177

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Abstract

Berlin and Kay’s basic colour term framework claims that there is an ordering in the diachronic development of languages’ colour systems. One generalisation is that primary colours, WHITE, BLACK, RED, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, are lexicalised before derived colours, which are perceptual blends, e.g. ORANGE is the blend of YELLOW and RED. The colour systems of Lower Sorbian and Upper Sorbian offer an important typological contribution. It is already known that primary colour space can retract upon the emergence of a basic derived term; our findings indicate that derived categories also shift as colour systems develop. Tsakhur offers corroborating evidence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: LINGUISTIC RELATIVITY CATEGORIES CONSTRAINTS UNIVERSALS PERCEPTION LANGUAGE VISION SPACE
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > English and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
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Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2010 15:50
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2014 10:23
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/2023

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