Color and Cognition in Mesoamerica: Constructing Categories as Vantages
More than 100 indigenous languages are spoken in Mexico and Central America. Each language partitions the color spectrum according to a pattern that is unique in some way. But every local system of color categories also shares characteristics with the systems of other Mesoamerican languages and of languages elsewhere in the world. This book presents the results of the Mesoamerican Color Survey, which Robert E. MacLaury conducted in 1978-1981. Drawn from interviews with 900 speakers of some 116 Mesoamerican languages, the book provides a sweeping overview of the organization and semantics of color categorization in modern Mesoamerica. Extensive analysis and MacLaury's use of vantage theory reveal complex and often surprising interrelationships among the ways languages categorize colors. His findings offer valuable cross-cultural data for all students of Mesoamerica. They will also be of interest to all linguists and cognitive scientists working on theories of categorization more generally.
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asul attention to distinctiveness attention to similarity basic color terms Berlin and Kay's Binumarien brightness categories ca?s Cakchiquel Candoshi cate central Chinantec coextensive ranges coextensively named cognitive column cool category crossover dark-cool category desaturation dominant range dominant vantage dominant-recessive pattern dual foci egory elemental hue emphases example figure fixed coordinate focused formula frame fuzzy-set gory green and blue Guarijfo Guatemala Huastec hue categories hue-stressing Huehuetenango includes individual interviews Jicaque Karuk level of concentration lexemes linguistic mapping step Martu Wangka Mazahua Mazatec Mesoamerican languages Mexico Mixtec mobile coordinates Munsell array Nahuatl naming ranges Northern Tepehuan Oaxaca perception pertain polarized prototype qualifiers ranges and foci recessive range recessive vantage reference relation represent semantic skewed toward green speaker Stage stress superordinate synonymy Tarahumara Tenejapa tion Tlapanec transference Tzeltal Tzotzil unique hues vantage theory versus warm category yellow-with-green Zapotec zooming