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World Color Survey / Edition 2
     

World Color Survey / Edition 2

by Paul Kay, Brent Berlin, Luisa Maffi, William R. Merrifield, Richard Cook
 

ISBN-10: 1575864150

ISBN-13: 9781575864150

Pub. Date: 03/15/2010

Publisher: Center for the Study of Language and Inf

The 1969 publication of Brent Berlin and Paul Kay's Basic Color Terms proved explosive and controversial. Contrary to the then-popular doctrine of random language variation, Berlin and Kay's multilingual study of color nomenclature indicated a cross-cultural and almost universal pattern in the selection of colors that received abstract names in each language

Overview

The 1969 publication of Brent Berlin and Paul Kay's Basic Color Terms proved explosive and controversial. Contrary to the then-popular doctrine of random language variation, Berlin and Kay's multilingual study of color nomenclature indicated a cross-cultural and almost universal pattern in the selection of colors that received abstract names in each language. The ensuing debate helped reform the views of anthropologists, linguists, and psychologists alike. After four decades in print, Basic Color Terms now has a sequel: in this book, the authors authoritatively extend the original survey, studying 110 additional unwritten languages in detail and in situ. The results are presented with charts showing the overall palette of color terms within each language as well as the levels of agreement among speakers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575864150
Publisher:
Center for the Study of Language and Inf
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Series:
Center for the Study of Language and Information - Lecture Notes Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Section 1

A brief history of modern research on color naming across languages

Composite Category Rule

The UE hypotheses of universality and evolution

The WCS Data to be Accounted For

Section 2

The WCS: Methodology and Analysis

Data processing and analysis

How to read the individual language data

Deciding if a color term is basic and assigning a basic stage

Section 3

Findings

Partition

Principles of color term universals and evolution

Black and White

Warm and Cool

Red

The WCS Data to be Accounted For

The Main Life of Basic Color Term Evolution

Accounting for the Main Line of Color Term Evolution

Predictions of the Model for Non-Partition (EH) Languages

WCS Evidence for the EH

The Residue Predicted: Y/G/Bu Terms

The Yellow/Green Mystery Resolved?

Mopping Up: Four EH Languages?

Summary

Section 4

References

Section 5

The 110 World Color Survey Languages: Data and Analyses

Appendices

1. Original WCS Instructions to Field Workers

2. Sample WCS Coding Sheets (Chiquitano)

3. Munsell Notation for WCS Stimulus Palette

4. WCS Munsell Color Chip Mapping Table

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