English Colour Terms

English Colour Terms

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Kerttula, Seija
English Colour Terms. Etymology, Chronology, and Relative Basicness
Société Néophilologique
Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki 60
Helsinki 2002, 364 pp.


iEnglish colour terms: etymology, chronology, and relative basicness/i takes a closer look at 100 English colour terms, trying to find answers to the following questions. When were English colour terms created? What kinds of terms were used in colour naming? What languages affected English colour terms? Does the diachronic development of English colour terms provide evidence of universal trends? This work also approaches basicness from an alternative angle, presenting a model for measuring relative basicness, which allows comparing how advanced colour terms are in relation to each other. The methods used introduce derivation as one of the major criteria for the study of basicness.


ISBN 951-9040-17-X
ISSN 0355-0192