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Title: Progress in Colour Studies
Subtitle: Volume I. Language and culture
Edited By: CaroleP.Biggam
Series Title: Progress in Colour Studies 1

Part of the set: Biggam, Carole P., Christian J. Kay and Nicola Pitchford
(Eds), Progress in Colour Studies: Volume I. Language and culture & Volume
II. Psychological aspects (set).

Along with its companion volume, this book offers a fascinating glimpse
into the current avenues of research into colour, a phenomenon which daily
affects all our lives in often surprising ways. The majority of the papers
originated in a 2004 conference entitled 'Progress in Colour Studies' which
was held in the University of Glasgow, U.K. The contributions to this first
volume, which is principally linguistic and anthropological in content, and
to its companion on the psychological aspects of colour, present either
summaries of state-of-the-art colour research in various disciplines, or
in-depth accounts of certain aspects of such work. This volume includes
approaches such as Natural Semantic Metalanguage, social network analysis,
quantitative analysis, type modification, vantage theory, the centrality of
social norms of inference, place-names and heraldry. In the process, new
insights are offered into the following languages: English, French,
Portuguese, Sorbian, Burarra, Cape Breton Gaelic, Tzotzil, and others.

Table of contents

Preface vii–viii

Dr Robert E. MacLaury 1944–2004: An Appreciation
Terri MacKeigan and Christopher Sinha ix–x

Abbreviations xi

Section 1: Theoretical and methodological approaches

The semantics of colour: A new paradigm
Anna Wierzbicka 1–24

A grammatical network of Tzotzil-Mayan colour terms
Terri MacKeigan and Stephen Q. Muth 25–36

Quantitative linguistics in the study of colour terminology: A research report
Adam Pawłowski 37–55

Basic colour terms and type modification: Meaning in relation to function,
salience and correlating attributes
Anders Steinvall 57–71

Beyond colour: Modelling language in colour-like ways
Adam Glaz 73–87

The normativity of colour
Barbara Saunders 89–99

Section 2: Modern languages

Age-related differences in the basic colour vocabulary of French
Isabel Forbes 101–109

Towards a general description of the semantic field of colour in European
Margarita Correia 111–125

Evolving secondary colours: Evidence from Sorbian
Andrew Hippisley and Ian Davies 127–143

Colour terms in Nova Scotia
Heidi Ann Lazar-Meyn 145–157

Section 3: Historical approaches
Political upheaval and a disturbance in the colour vocabulary of Early English
Carole P. Biggam 159–179

Colours of the landscape: Old English colour terms in place-names
Carole Hough 181–198

The medieval gaze at grips with a medieval world
Michael J. Huxtable 199–217

Index 219–223

"Progress in Colour Studies brings together contributions on a broad range
of topics, from cognitive and linguistic theories of colour to analyses of
usage in medieval and contemporary settings. The volume is particularly
valuable for its varied theoretical perspectives and for studies of colour
term systems that are undergoing significant change." -John Baines, 2006

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Burarra
Gaelic, Scottish
Tzotzil, Huixtán
Sorbian, Lower
Sorbian, Upper
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9789027232397
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 223
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