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Comrie's book on universals and typology

From:Javier BF <uaxuctum@...>
Date:Monday, December 15, 2003, 19:07
>>_Language Universals And Linguistic Typology_ > >What you really need to know: It's by Comrie. Thus, it rocks.
>It goes into a wider array of phenomena than Payne's work, including the >famous hierarchy of colour terms, among other memorable moments.
I haven't had the pleasure of reading through that book yet, but I hope Comrie isn't adhering there to that much publicized but outdated theory of colour universals proposed by Berlin & Kay three decades ago. Later, much better done and researched studies have led to substantial changes and refinements to that initial, quite unconvincing theory (*), providing much more credible insight into the field of colour semantics, a summary of which can be found here: (under "The World Color Survey", after a summary of Berlin & Kay's theory) (*) According to which the colour semantics of Western languages happens to be the perfect universal system, because B&K unashamedly proclaimed those, precisely and only those, 11 colours to be the innate set of colour categories of all humans, while the immense majority of the rest of the languages, which happen not to adhere to that system, are thus primitive or imperfect systems that haven't yet reached the blissful state of perfection that Western languages already enjoy.
>There's a really interesting bit about the necessary and sufficient >conditions for subjecthood, comparing English and Russian IIRC, as well
as a
>few other langs.
Interesting. Could you offer us a summary of those necessary and sufficient conditions that define subjecthood? Cheers, Javier