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A practical field method for identifying probable basic colour terms

Davies, IanR. L. and Corbett, Greville G. (1995) A practical field method for identifying probable basic colour terms Languages of the World, 9 (1). pp. 25-36.

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We describe a quick and robust procedure for establishing likely basic colour terms. We illustrate the procedure with a study of English where the basic colour term inventory is known. The method consists of two tasks: an elicited list task (tell me as many colour terms as you know) and a colour naming task. The list task elicits contenders for the basic colour term slots and the naming task establishes their range of referents. The indicators of the degree of basicness of colour terms converged to confirm that there are eleven basic colour terms in English.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
Authors :
Davies, IanR.
Corbett, Greville
Date : 1995
Additional Information : © 1995 Lincom Europa. Published version appears here with permission from the publisher.
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Date Deposited : 31 Aug 2010 16:18
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 16:23

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