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Re: Semantic typology?

From:Michael Poxon <mike@...>
Date:Monday, August 11, 2008, 20:46
Exactly. Berlin and Kay brought their own occi-centrist perceptions to bear
in their study. Hawaiian has several terms for black, for instance, which do
not necessarily relate to 'wavelength'. And what about terms like Welsh
brith 'particoloured' - is that a colour term?
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From: "Alex Fink" <000024@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Monday, August 11, 2008 6:24 PM
Subject: Re: Semantic typology?

>>I've read -- though it escapes me where at the moment -- that on the >>grounds >>of representation in the lexicon and textual usage, the system of colour >>terms on the whole were really secondary to the system of terms describing >>luster in Old English. Likewise many languages whose scheme of true >>colour >>terms is poor are often supposed to be well stocked in terms combining >>colour/lustre/texture/whatever other aspects of visual appearance: there >>might not be a "yellow" but there might be a "yellow, dry, and brittle, >>like >>dead grass". >