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Linguistic and behavioural measures for ranking basic colour terms

Corbett, Greville G. and Davies, Ian R. L. (1995) Linguistic and behavioural measures for ranking basic colour terms Studies in Language, 19 (2). pp. 301-357.

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We report an attempt to find more objective measures for identifying basic colour terms. We investigate the types of measure available, both linguistic and behavioural, and the statistical techniques for establishing the closeness of fit with the predictions derived from Berlin and Kay. This leads to an investigation of the interrelation between the measures; having examined consistency across investigators and across languages we establish that certain measures give considerably better results than others. While the indicators point in the same direction, supporting Berlin and Kay to varying degrees, different measures serve different functions.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
Authors :
Corbett, Greville
Davies, Ian R.
Date : 1995
Additional Information : Based on "Linguistic and behavioural measures for ranking basic colour terms". In Studies in Language, 1995, pp. 301-357. With kind permission by John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia. <>
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