Anthropology of Color

Interdisciplinary multilevel modeling

Editors
| University of Pennsylvania
| Technische Universität Darmstadt
| University of Guelph
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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.
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Table of Contents
Foreword
Luisa Maffi
vii–ix
Color naming research in its many forms and guises
Don Dedrick and Galina V. Paramei
xi–xv
Part I: Color perception
1
Hue categorization and color naming: Cognition to language to culture
Marc H. Bornstein
3–27
Individual and population differences in focal colors
Michael A. Webster and Paul Kay
29–53
Russian color names: Mapping into a perceptual color space
Olga V. Safuanova and Nina N. Korzh
55–74
Russian 'blues': Controversies of basicness
Galina V. Paramei
75–106
Colour term research of Hugo Magnus
Roger Schöntag and Barbara Schäfer-Prieß
107–122
Part II: Color cognition
123
Categories of desaturated-complex color: Sensorial, perceptual, and cognitive models
Robert E. MacLaury
125–150
Relative basicness of color terms: Modeling and measurement
Seija Kerttula
151–169
The ambiguity of brightness (with special reference to Old English) and a new model for colour description in semantics
Carole P. Biggam
171–187
Color naming in Estonian and cognate languages
Vilja Oja
189–209
Color terms in ancient Egyptian and Coptic
Wolfgang Schenkel
211–228
Basic color term evolution in the light of ancient evidence from the Near East
David A. Warburton
229–246
Basic color terms from Proto-Semitic to Old Ethiopic
Maria Bulakh
247–261
Towards a history and typology of color categorization in colloquial Arabic
Alexander Borg
263–293
Japanese color terms, from 400 C.E. to the present: Literature, orthography, and language contact in light of current cognitive theory
James Stanlaw
295–318
Color terms in Colonia Tovar, an Alemannisch Enclave in Venezuela
Albert C. Heinrich
319–324
Mien (Yao) color terms
Theraphan L-Thongkum
325–334
Part III: Color semiosis
335
The semiosis of Swedish car colour names: Descriptive and amplifying functions
Gunnar Bergh
337–345
Color and emotions in English
Anders Steinvall
347–362
Linguistic construal of colors: The case of Russian
Ekaterina V. Rakhilina
363–377
Color words in painting descriptions: Some linguistic evidence for entity-like conceptualization
Alena V. Anishchanka
379–393
Metaphors as cognitive models in Halkomelem color adjectives
Brent D. Galloway
395–403
Prototypical and stereotypical color in Slavic languages: Models based on folklore
Lyudmila Popovic
405–420
Colour terms in fashion
Dessislava Stoeva-Holm
421–439
To have color and to have no color: The coloring of the face in the Czech linguistic picture of the world
Irena Vanková
441–456
Gender, age, and descriptive color terminology in some Caucasus cultures
Liudmila V. Samarina
457–466
Towards a new topology of colour
Barbara Saunders
467–479
Index
481–485
“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.”
“[...] an impressively diverse collection and a testimony of what (forgive the pun) a colorful field color categorization is.”
“[...] 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.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: JHM – Anthropology
BISAC Subject: SOC002000 – SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007026159