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Basic Color Terms: Their Universality and Evolution
- P. Kay
- 1 March 1973
Preface Introduction 1. The data, hypothesis, and general findings 2. Evolution of basic color terms 3. The data 4. Summary of results and some speculations Appendix I Appendix II Appendix III…
Regularity and Idiomaticity in Grammatical Constructions: The Case of Let Alone
Through the detailed investigation of the syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of one grammatical construction, that containing the conjunction let alone, we explore the view that the realm of…
What is the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis?
Experimental evidence from the domain of color perception is presented for a version of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis that is considerably weaker than the version usually proposed.
Whorf hypothesis is supported in the right visual field but not the left.
- A. L. Gilbert, T. Regier, P. Kay, R. Ivry
- Psychology, BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
- 10 January 2006
It appears that people view the right (but not the left) half of their visual world through the lens of their native language, providing an unexpected resolution to the language-and-thought debate.
The World Color Survey
- P. Kay
- 15 February 2011
The 1969 publication of Brent Berlin and Paul Kay's "Basic Color Terms" proved explosive. Contrary to the then-popular doctrine of random language variation, Berlin and Kay's multilingual study of…
Grammatical constructions and linguistic generalizations: The What's X doing Y? construction
Our goal is to present, by means of the detailed analysis of a single grammatical problem, some of the principal commitments and mechanisms of a grammatical theory that assigns a central role to the…
Color naming reflects optimal partitions of color space
- T. Regier, P. Kay, Naveen Khetarpal
- ArtProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 23 January 2007
This work argues for a third view based on a proposal by Jameson and D'Andrade that color naming across languages reflects optimal or near-optimal divisions of an irregularly shaped perceptual color space, and test it against color-naming data from a broad range of languages and show that it accounts for universal tendencies in color naming while also accommodating some observed cross-language variation.
Resolving the question of color naming universals
Tests on color naming data from languages of both industrialized and nonindustrialized societies show that strong universal tendencies in color naming exist across both sorts of language.
The linguistic significance of the meanings of basic color terms
Focal colors are universal after all.
- T. Regier, P. Kay, Richard S. Cook
- LinguisticsProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
- 7 June 2005
Examining color-naming data from languages of 110 nonindustrialized societies shows that best-example choices for color terms in these languages cluster near the prototypes for English white, black, red, green, yellow, and blue, suggesting that universal best examples (foci) may be the source of universal tendencies in color naming.