Formal theory-driven, psycholinguistic data and corpus-driven study confirms the absence of a basic colour term for ORANGE in Modern Standard Mandarin and elaborates the syntaxico-semantic ‘distributional potential’ criterion for basicness

Victoria Bogushevskaya

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Abstract

This paper deploys formal, experimental, and corpus-based evidence to demonstrate that, despite being psychologically salient in Modern Standard Mandarin, ORANGE is not yet encoded by a monomorphemic monosyllabic single-character colour term, and the possible candidates do not possess the entire set of the criteria to become ‘basic’. It also suggests an additional analysis of the syntaxico-semantic ‘distributional potential’ criterion, which is a precondition for colour terms’ basicness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalL'ANALISI LINGUISTICA E LETTERARIA
Volume2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • basic colour term, colour naming, mnemonic, chì-chéng-huáng-lǜ-qīng-lán-zǐ
  • 赤橙黃綠青籃紫

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