Pjat'desjat ottenkov serogo: ponjatie i sposoby vyraženija nepredskazuemoj cvetovoj kategorii v diaxronii [Fifty Shades of GREY: on the Concept and Ways of Expressing the Unpredictable Colour Category in Diachrony]

Victoria Bogushevskaya

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Abstract

The category GREY does not always follow the established hierarchical order, and was therefore referred to as “a wild card” category by the authors of the universalistic theory. In Chinese, this category can be traced already at the IV stage of colour lexicon development. It was originally included not only into the polysemantic term 蒼 cāng, but also expressed implicitly via the category BLACK and via the designations of some horses’ colours. The syssemantic character 灰 huī — which etymologically derives from the Sino-Tibetan root * wu ‘ashes’ — initially denoted ‘ashes of burnt shells’, ‘white pigment’, ash ’. As a colour term with the meaning ‘light black’, the lexeme 灰 huī crystallized fairly late. However, in Modern Standard Mandarin it demonstrates the entire set of criteria for the basic colour term for GREY.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteОбщество и государство в Китае [State and Society in China]
Pagine516-524
Numero di pagine9
VolumeXLIX, vol.1
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2019
EventoXLIX Conference “State and Society in China” - Moscow
Durata: 24 apr 201926 apr 2019

Convegno

ConvegnoXLIX Conference “State and Society in China”
CittàMoscow
Periodo24/4/1926/4/19

Keywords

  • : “wild-card” colour category, ash, clam ash, basic colour term, cāng, the Berlin-Key universalism
  • непредсказуемая цветовая категория, пепел, пепел жжёных раковин, базовое цветонаименование, цан, универсализм Берлина-Кея

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