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Naming the Rainbow

Colour Language, Colour Science, and Culture

Authors: Dedrick, D.

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Is there a universal biolinguistic disposition for the development of `basic' colour words? This question has been a subject of debate since Brent Berlin and Paul Kay's Basic Color Terms: Their Universality and Evolution was published in 1969. Naming the Rainbow is the first extended study of this debate. The author describes and criticizes empirically and conceptually unified models of colour naming that relate basic colour terms directly to perceptual and ultimately to physiological facts, arguing that this strategy has overlooked the cognitive dimension of colour naming. He proposes a psychosemantics for basic colour terms which is sensitive to cultural difference and to the nature and structure of non-linguistic experience.
Audience: Contemporary colour naming research is radically interdisciplinary and Naming the Rainbow will be of interest to philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, and cognitive scientists concerned with: biological constraints on cognition and categorization; problems inherent in cross-cultural and in interdisciplinary science; the nature and extent of cultural relativism.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Naming the Rainbow
Book Subtitle
Colour Language, Colour Science, and Culture
Authors
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
274
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-2382-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-2382-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-5239-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5094-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 216
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