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Re: Colors

From:Nokta Kanto <red5_2@...>
Date:Friday, April 23, 2004, 0:32
On Thu, 22 Apr 2004 06:46:18 -0400, Javier BF <uaxuctum@...> wrote:

>>I discovered recently that my conlang has a word for the 'color' of >>something that looks black because there is too little illumination,
>>is not the same as the word for something that is actually black. > >Something like "shadowed"?
Yes, or "dark". What color is it? It's dark.
>In fact, it has been argued that a focus on lightness >over hue, and on other non-chromatic aspects such as >texture, material, freshness, etc., predates the focus >on hue that is now commonplace in modern Western languages. >'Colour' words in the languages of ancient and 'primitive' >peoples seem to deal more often or primarily with features >other than hue, which can be rather vaguely defined if >at all. Think of having words for "blonde", "gold", etc. >and not for hue-based concepts like "yellow", and in >concepts like say "pastel", that refers not to hue but >to insaturation.
Fascinating. However, I have no idea what freshness would have to do with color... would it be the difference between the color of fresh vegetation and dead vegetation?