Basic Color Terms: Their Universality and Evolution

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University of California Press, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 196 pages
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Explores the psychophysical and neurophysical determinants of cross-linguistic constraints on the shape of color lexicons.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Composite of foci of basic color terms in twenty lan
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EVOLUTION OF BASIC COLOR TERMS
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Typical Stage I basic color lexicon
17
Inferred color categories for J ale representing Stage I
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13c Inferred color categories for Ibo representing Stage
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Semantic relationships of Russian siniy and goluboy
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THE DATA
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4 SUMMARY OF RESULTS AND SOME SPECULATIONS
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Parallels in developmental sequence of phonological
106
Alphabetical list of languages treated
152
notes
159
bibliography of color categorization research
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Kay is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Professor in the Graduate School at the University of California-Berkeley.

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