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The Semantics of Colour C. P. Biggam (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow)

The Semantics of Colour par C. P. Biggam (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow)

The Semantics of Colour C. P. Biggam (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow)


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Résumé

Human societies name and classify colours in various ways. This book presents the basic principles of modern colour semantics, including the recognition of basic vocabulary, specialised terms and the significance of non-colour features. Each point is illustrated by case studies drawn from modern and historical languages from around the world.

The Semantics of Colour Résumé

The Semantics of Colour: A Historical Approach C. P. Biggam (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow)

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

À propos de C. P. Biggam (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow)

C. P. Biggam is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow and a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Director of the Anglo-Saxon Plant-Name Survey, and a committee member for the Progress in Colour Studies conference series. She has published books and articles on semantics, Anglo-Saxon studies, colour studies and plant-names.

Sommaire

1. What is colour?; 2. What is colour semantics?; 3. Basic colour terms; 4. Non-basic and non-standard colour expressions; 5. Basic colour categories; 6. The evolutionary sequence; 7. Different approaches; 8. Historical projects: preliminaries; 9. Synchronic studies; 10. Diachronic studies; 11. Prehistoric colour studies; 12. Applications and potential.

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GOR007881777
9780340905272
0340905271
The Semantics of Colour: A Historical Approach C. P. Biggam (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow)
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Cambridge University Press
20120329
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