Speaking of Colors and Odors

| Technical University Berlin
| University of Bremen
ISBN 9789027238955 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027292179 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
How to speak of colors and odors? In many cases, we have to think about an adequate description of a perceived odor or shade of color. Words are not fluently available.The contributions discuss color and odor perception and its linguistic representation from different disciplinary angles: from neurobiology, neuropsychology, psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics and philosophy. They show that linguistic representation of colors and odors depends highly on cultures of communication. Experts are skilled in discerning finer differences between their sense impressions and have at their disposal a special language which non-experts do not master. The color and odor vocabulary is rare, if there is no cultural habit to communicate the very sense impression. In cases where individuals have to speak of their sensory experiences more precisely they often turn to metaphors. The contributions discuss the lack of inter-individual conventions of naming and describing odors – compared to the more expanded linguistic representation of colors.
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Table of Contents
1. Speaking of colors and odors
Martina Plümacher and Peter Holz
2. Color smell, and language: The semiotic nature of perception and language
Wolfgang Wildgen
3. How can language cope with color? Functional aspects of the nervous system
Manfred Fahle
4. Color perception, color description and metaphor
Martina Plümacher
5. Attractiveness and adornment: Reference to colors and smells in Papuan speech communities
Volker Heeschen
6. Color terms between elegance and beauty. The verbalization of color with textiles and cosmetics
Siegfried Wyler
7. Color names and dynamic imagery
Andrea Graumann
8. From blue stockings to blue movies: Color metonymies in English
Susanne Niemeier
9. Odor memory: The unique nature of a memory system
Gesualdo M. Zucco
10. From psychophysics to semiophysics: Categories as acts of meaning. A case study from olfaction and audition, back to colors
Danièle Dubois
11. Cognition, olfaction and linguistic creativity: Linguistic synesthesia as poetic device in cologne advertisement
Peter Holz
12. Understanding synesthetic expressions: Vision and olfaction with the physiological = psychological model
Yoshikata Shibuya, Hajime Nozawa and Toshiyuki Kanamaru
13. Olfactory and visual processing and verbalization: Cross-cultural and neurosemiotic dimensions
Tatiana V. Chernigovskaya and Viktor V. Arshavsky
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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