Speaking of Colors and Odors
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.
[Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research, 8] 2007. vi, 244 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
1. Speaking of colors and odorsMartina Plümacher and Peter Holz | pp. 1–17
2. Color smell, and language: The semiotic nature of perception and languageWolfgang Wildgen | pp. 19–34
3. How can language cope with color? Functional aspects of the nervous systemManfred Fahle | pp. 35–60
4. Color perception, color description and metaphorMartina Plümacher | pp. 61–84
5. Attractiveness and adornment: Reference to colors and smells in Papuan speech communitiesVolker Heeschen | pp. 85–111
6. Color terms between elegance and beauty. The verbalization of color with textiles and cosmeticsSiegfried Wyler | pp. 113–128
7. Color names and dynamic imageryAndrea Graumann | pp. 129–140
8. From blue stockings to blue movies: Color metonymies in EnglishSusanne Niemeier | pp. 141–154
9. Odor memory: The unique nature of a memory systemGesualdo M. Zucco | pp. 155–165
10. From psychophysics to semiophysics: Categories as acts of meaning. A case study from olfaction and audition, back to colorsDanièle Dubois | pp. 167–184
11. Cognition, olfaction and linguistic creativity: Linguistic synesthesia as poetic device in cologne advertisementPeter Holz | pp. 185–202
12. Understanding synesthetic expressions: Vision and olfaction with the physiological = psychological modelYoshikata Shibuya, Hajime Nozawa and Toshiyuki Kanamaru | pp. 203–226
13. Olfactory and visual processing and verbalization: Cross-cultural and neurosemiotic dimensionsTatiana V. Chernigovskaya and Viktor V. Arshavsky | pp. 227–238
Contributors | p. 239
Index | pp. 241–244
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