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Fri Dec 14 2012

Books: The Semantics of Colour: Biggam

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Date: 29-Nov-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: The Semantics of Colour: Biggam
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Title: The Semantics of ColourSubtitle: A Historical ApproachPublication Year: 2012Publisher: Cambridge University Press http://us.cambridge.org

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6633840/The%20Semantics%20of%20Colour/?site_locale=en_US

Author: Carole P. Biggam

: ISBN: 9780521899925 Pages: 274 Price: U.S. $ 99.00

Abstract:

Human societies name and classify colours in various ways. Knowing this, is itpossible to retrieve colour systems from the past? This book presents thebasic principles of modern colour semantics, including the recognition ofbasic vocabulary, subsets, specialised terms and the significance ofnon-colour features. Each point is illustrated by case studies drawn frommodern and historical languages from around the world. These includediscussions of Icelandic horses, Peruvian guinea-pigs, medieval roses, thecolour yellow in Stuart England, and Polynesian children's colour terms. Majortechniques used in colour research are presented and discussed, such as theevolutionary sequence, Natural Semantic Metalanguage and Vantage Theory. Thebook also addresses whether we can understand the colour systems of the past,including prehistory, by combining various semantic techniques currently usedin both modern and historical colour research with archaeological andenvironmental information.

1. What is colour?2. What is colour semantics?3. Basic colour terms4. Non-basic and non-standard colour expressions5. Basic colour categories6. The evolutionary sequence7. Different approaches8. Historical projects: preliminaries9. Synchronic studies10. Diachronic studies11. Prehistoric colour studies12. Applications and potential.



Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics Semantics

Written In: English (eng)

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Brill
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Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Cambridge University Press
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Cascadilla Press
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Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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De Gruyter Mouton
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Edinburgh University Press
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Elsevier Ltd
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Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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Equinox Publishing Ltd
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European Language Resources Association - ELRA
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Georgetown University Press
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Hodder Education
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John Benjamins
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Lincom GmbH
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MIT Press
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Morgan & Claypool Publishers

Multilingual Matters
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Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG
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Oxford University Press
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Palgrave Macmillan
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Peter Lang AG
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University of Toronto Press
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Wiley-Blackwell
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Association of Editors of the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics
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International Pragmatics Assoc.
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Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT
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SIL International
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University of Nebraska Press
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Utrecht institute of Linguistics
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