Kata Kolok Color Terms and the Emergence of Lexical Signs in Rural Signing Communities

  title={Kata Kolok Color Terms and the Emergence of Lexical Signs in Rural Signing Communities},
  author={Connie de Vos},
  journal={The Senses and Society},
  pages={68 - 76}
  • Connie de Vos
  • Published 1 March 2011
  • Linguistics
  • The Senses and Society
ABSTRACT How do new languages develop systematic ways to talk about sensory experiences, such as color? To what extent is the evolution of color terms guided by societal factors? This article describes the color lexicon of a rural sign language called Kata Kolok that emerged approximately one and a half centuries ago in a Balinese village. Kata Kolok has four color signs: black, white, red, and a blue-green term. In addition, two non-conventionalized means are used to provide color descriptions… 



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