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Title: The structure of the colour lexicon
Authors: Archibald, John
Keywords: Linguistics;Lexicon;Grammar, Comparative and general--Classification;Color
Issue Date: Sep-1992
Publisher: University of Calgary
Citation: Archibald, J. (1992). The structure of the colour lexicon. Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 15(Fall), 1-12.
Abstract: One of the standard models of describing colour space is shown in Figure I. This is the model shown in Kay & McDaniel (1978). The spherical model, with its four points of equal status along the equator (red, yellow, green, blue), is justified physiologically (De Valois et al. 1966). In Archibald (1989) I pointed out that the spherical model has great difficulty accounting for the distribution of basic colour terms on the colour solid. Similarly, the model cannot explain why terms at certain points on the model are basic while terms at other points are non-basic. Ultimately, we should like our model to be able to account for these lexical facts.
ISSN: 2371-2643
Appears in Collections:Volume 15, Fall 1992

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