Chapter published in:Lexicalization patterns in color naming: A cross-linguistic perspective
Edited by Ida Raffaelli, Daniela Katunar and Barbara Kerovec
[Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 78] 2019
► pp. 83–105
“Brightness” in color linguistics
New light from Danish visual semantics
This chapter scrutinizes the discourse of “brightness” in color linguistics. Drawing on insights from visual semantics and linguistic anthropology, and challenging the universal applicability of “brightness”, the study provides new evidence from Danish. The chapter provides a new analysis of the lexicogrammar and linguaculture of lys ‘light, brightness’ in relation to color. The Natural Semantic Metalanguage approach is used to provide detailed semantic explications for three grammatical devices based on lys (lys, lys-, and lyse-), along with an analysis of three Danish lys + color compounds lyserød, lysegrøn, and lyseblå. Based on the evidence from Danish and other studies in visual semantics, the chapter calls for a renewed focus on the non-chromatic aspects of visual meanings, and for a metalinguistic reform in color linguistics.
Keywords: color linguistics, brightness, visual semantics, Natural Semantic Metalanguage, Danish
Published online: 09 October 2019
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