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Basic Color Terms: Their Universality and Evolution
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 IIIExpand
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 ofExpand
Whorf hypothesis is supported in the right visual field but not the left.
The question of whether language affects perception has been debated largely on the basis of cross-language data, without considering the functional organization of the brain. The nature of thisExpand
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.
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 theExpand
Resolving the question of color naming universals
  • P. Kay, T. Regier
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 10 July 2003
The existence of cross-linguistic universals in color naming is currently contested. Early empirical studies, based principally on languages of industrialized societies, suggested that all languagesExpand
The World Color Survey
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 ofExpand
Color naming reflects optimal partitions of color space
The nature of color categories in the world's languages is contested. One major view holds that color categories are organized around universal focal colors, whereas an opposing view holds insteadExpand