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.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||L'ANALISI LINGUISTICA E LETTERARIA|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
- basic colour term, colour naming, mnemonic, chì-chéng-huáng-lǜ-qīng-lán-zǐ