Anthropology of Color

Interdisciplinary multilevel modeling

| University of Pennsylvania
| Technische Universität Darmstadt
| University of Guelph
ISBN 9789027232434 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
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The field of color categorization has always been intrinsically multi- and inter-disciplinary, since its beginnings in the nineteenth century. The main contribution of this book is to foster a new level of integration among different approaches to the anthropological study of color. The editors have put great effort into bringing together research from anthropology, linguistics, psychology, semiotics, and a variety of other fields, by promoting the exploration of the different but interacting and complementary ways in which these various perspectives model the domain of color experience. By so doing, they significantly promote the emergence of a coherent field of the anthropology of color.

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[Not in series, 137]  2007.  xx, 485 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
Foreword []
Luisa Maffi
Color naming research in its many forms and guises []
Don Dedrick and Galina V. Paramei
Part I: Color perception
Hue categorization and color naming: Cognition to language to culture []
Marc H. Bornstein
Individual and population differences in focal colors []
Michael A. Webster and Paul Kay
Russian color names: Mapping into a perceptual color space []
Olga V. Safuanova and Nina N. Korzh
Russian 'blues': Controversies of basicness []
Galina V. Paramei
Colour term research of Hugo Magnus []
Roger Schöntag and Barbara Schäfer-Prieß
Part II: Color cognition
Categories of desaturated-complex color: Sensorial, perceptual, and cognitive models []
Robert E. MacLaury
Relative basicness of color terms: Modeling and measurement []
Seija Kerttula
The ambiguity of brightness (with special reference to Old English) and a new model for colour description in semantics []
Carole P. Biggam
Color naming in Estonian and cognate languages []
Vilja Oja
Color terms in ancient Egyptian and Coptic []
Wolfgang Schenkel
Basic color term evolution in the light of ancient evidence from the Near East []
David A. Warburton
Basic color terms from Proto-Semitic to Old Ethiopic []
Maria Bulakh
Towards a history and typology of color categorization in colloquial Arabic []
Alexander Borg
Japanese color terms, from 400 C.E. to the present: Literature, orthography, and language contact in light of current cognitive theory []
James Stanlaw
Color terms in Colonia Tovar, an Alemannisch Enclave in Venezuela []
Albert C. Heinrich
Mien (Yao) color terms []
Theraphan L-Thongkum
Part III: Color semiosis
The semiosis of Swedish car colour names: Descriptive and amplifying functions []
Gunnar Bergh
Color and emotions in English []
Anders Steinvall
Linguistic construal of colors: The case of Russian []
Ekaterina V. Rakhilina
Color words in painting descriptions: Some linguistic evidence for entity-like conceptualization []
Alena V. Anishchanka
Metaphors as cognitive models in Halkomelem color adjectives []
Brent D. Galloway
Prototypical and stereotypical color in Slavic languages: Models based on folklore []
Lyudmila Popovic
Colour terms in fashion []
Dessislava Stoeva-Holm
To have color and to have no color: The coloring of the face in the Czech linguistic picture of the world []
Irena Vanková
Gender, age, and descriptive color terminology in some Caucasus cultures []
Liudmila V. Samarina
Towards a new topology of colour []
Barbara Saunders
“[...] an impressively diverse collection and a testimony of what (forgive the pun) a colorful field color categorization is.”
“Nobody can tell where Rob MacLaury’s inquisitive mind would have led him in years to come in his passionate quest for an anthropology of color. But this collection is certainly a testament to what he had set out to accomplish. Galina Paramei and Don Dedrick are to be commended for seeing it through to publication and making it available to an interdisciplinary and international public that will no doubt benefit from it and further advance this complex and fascinating field.”
“This is an important volume for the breadth of collected papers it presents which share the focus of culture and perceptual color experience. The volume's contents span several disciplines and will appeal to readers of anthropology, linguistics, psychology, socio-cultural studies, and semiotics. Some of its articles present analyses of phenomena from languages and dialects that are quickly disappearing from the world; whereas others catalog more esoteric or ancient features of studied languages – quite possibly presenting the first thorough accounting of such features in an English language volume. The collected information contained in this volume is essential for understanding universal features in color perception and cognition as distinct from the culturally relative factors inherent in the phenomena.”
“This collection of 26 original essays on color categorization is remarkable for its breadth: from individual perception and cognition to social construction, from the evolution of color terms in Greek, Coptic, and Japanese to the uses of color terms in fashion and the semiosis of Swedish car color names. Along with the work of established researchers in the field, we encounter gratifyingly many new voices and new perspectives from 14 countries and several disciplines. Here there is much to learn, to argue, and to ponder.”
“Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the field, Anthropology of Color brings together a mixture of field summaries, tutorials and introductions to specialist areas, including anthropology, psychology, linguistics, design, philosophy etc. It also includes work from Eastern Europe which will be new to most readers from Western Europe and North America. Paramei and Dedrick have worked wonders bringing together a collection on this scale as well as both contributing excellent chapters. The book will become an essential addition to the personal libraries of workers in this very broad area and a mandatory acquisition for academic libraries. It will function as a handbook for the area, selected chapters will be used to guide new researchers and final year students, and even the curious general reader will find it tantalising.”
“Discussions of colour cognition must be grounded in empirical evidence about how people actually use colour words. This volume contains such evidence, drawn from a range of language families and aspects of culture, and a variety of contemporary and historical sources. I was impressed by the multifaceted nature of colour research, and of colour language itself – its multiplicity of cultural associations and cultural expressions.”
“[...] a fascinating and challenging collection of papers. The book is essential reading for researchers in the field of color naming and could also be captivating reading for those new to the area.”
BIC Subject: JHM – Anthropology
BISAC Subject: SOC002000 – SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007026159

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