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Fri Dec 14 2012

Books: The Semantics of Colour: Biggam

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Subject: The Semantics of Colour: Biggam
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Title: The Semantics of ColourSubtitle: A Historical ApproachPublication Year: 2012Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Carole P. Biggam

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


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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