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Query:   Color Survey
Author:  matubara matubara
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Semantics

Summary:   DEAR LINGUISTS;

AFTER A HUGE DELAY, I WOULD LIKE TO POST THE SUMMARY OF MY COLOR SURVEY CONDUCTED AS PART OF MY GRADUATION THESIS LAST FALL WITH THE HELP OF 51 VOLUNTEERS FROM LINGUISTLIST. (15 LANGUAGES: ENGLISH 15 PEOPLE, POLISH 7,GERMAN 6, RUSSIAN 4, FRENCH 2, ITALIAN 2, GREEK 2, HUNGARIAN 2, CHINESE 2, PERSIAN, SEBIAN, TURKISH, DUTCH, CZECH, SPANISH, FIJIAN, HEBREW, BERBER AND MOROCCAN ARABIC, 1 PERSON RESPECTIVELY). I APOLOGIZE FOR THE DELAY OF THIS SUMMARY, AS I EXPRESS SINCERE THANKS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO OFFERED THEIR TIME AND THOUGHTS FOR ME. I AM SORRY FOR A FEW PEOPLE TO WHOM I WAS NOT ABLE TO RESPOND FOR VARIOUS REASONS.

Q1: HOW MANY COLORS DO THE RAINBOW HAVE TO YOU? WHAT COLORS ARE THEY?

RESULTS: 23 PEOPLE MENTIONED 7 COLORS, 13 PEOPLE 6 COLORS, AND ONE PERSON SAID 8 (WHICH WAS THE LARGEST NUMBER). THE SMALLEST NUNMER WAS 3 COLORS ( ONE PERSON). 12 PEOPLE OUT OF THE 23 WHO VOTED FOR 7 COLORS LISTED THE FOLLOWING ONES: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO, AND VIOLET. INTERESTINGLY, THOSE WHO VOTED FOR 6 COLORS DROPPED INDIGO
FROM THE ABOVE LIST, ALL OF THEM.

Q2: TO THOSE WHO ANSWERED Q1, WHAT IS THE BASIS FOR SAYING SO?
A. I WAS TAUGHT IN SCHOOL/AT HOME.(CHOSEN BY 28 PEOPLE)
B. I LEARNED IN A BOOK OR SOME FORM OF PUBLICATION IN MY HOME COUNTRY.(CHOSEN BY 9 PEOPLE)
C. IT IS HANDED DOWN BY WORD OF MOUTH. (CHOSEN BY 10 PEOPLE)
D. I ACTUALLY CONTED IN A RAINBOW. (CHOSEN BY 7 PEOPLE)
E. OTHERS (12 PEOPLE: CONSENT OF THE WIFE, FROM A FOLK TALE, FROM IMAGANATION, ETC)
COMMENTS: THIS SHOWS HOW INFLUENTIAL SCHOOL EDUCATION IS IN SEEING THE OBJECTIVE REALITY OF THE RAINBOW.

Q3: IS THERE ANY CONVENIENT WAY IN YOUR LANGUAGE TO MEMORIZE THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW? FOR INSTANCE, IN BRITISH ENGLISH THERE ARE SUCH SET PHRASES AS

LL Issue: 10.686
Date Posted: 06-May-1999
Original Query: Read original query