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Mauve and a related conlang question

From:Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 4, 2002, 8:56
Ihekwike Christophe Grandsire:
> > My definition of "mauve" (I don't know if you have > it in English too, if not > I'm talking French here :)) ) is entirely personal > and has nothing to do with > the actual value the majority of people give to it. > For most of them, "mauve" > is a kind of light purple. For me, it's a kind of > pinky purple. I don't know > where I got that one, but I can't get rid of it. I > just associate "mauve" with > it and nothing else.
"Mauve" is very much a colour name in English. The word is the name of an artist (what's it called when a word comes from a person's name?) and the school of art that evolved around him. When I think of mauve, I think of the way people can't decide how to pronounce it ( /mouv/ or /mav/ ) and I think of the 1980s, when it was popular along with the rest of the pastels. And I think of it as a light magenta to dark purplish pink. Or to be totally precise, HTML colour codes CC6699, 996699, CC99CC, and 993366 (you can look it up online to see what they look like). Those four colours I would automatically call mauve. Okay, now here's a conlang question--how do your conlangs deal with colour? Kayasanoda has ten words for colours that can be modified "light" and "dark", or can be joined like the classic Crayolas--"red-violet" and "yellow-orange", like that. My "essential" colour words are: 1 black 2 white 3 grey 4 brown 5 red 6 orange 7 yellow 8 green 9 blue 10 purple IIRC, all of the words are derived from Cherokee except "purple", because Cherokee has no word for it. I took the French "violet" and "Kayasized" it as "yole" /"jole/ Perhaps I took "brown" from "marron", but I don't remember and I don't feel like looking it up. Dana Clint __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! - Official partner of 2002 FIFA World Cup


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>Colors (Was: Re: Mauve and a related conlang question)
Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>Colours
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Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>Colors (Was: Re: Mauve and a related conlang question)
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