Colours will be presented in the light of two opposing views: those of universalism and those of the more traditional relativistic approach.
Various ideas expressed on colour starting from the transformational view of universalism. Reading of various important papers in the linguistic field of colour.
Berlin and Kay: "Basic Colour Terms".
Readings in any good introduction to semantics or semiotics.
Class participation and a final report.
１．Introduction: the relativist-universalist debate. ２．Hue, saturation and brightness. ３．J. Lyons: several approaches to colour. ４．The views of S. Ullmann. ５．The universalist approach of Berlin and Kay. ６．An early inquiry into colour: Woodworth, 1910. ７．Woodworth (continued). ８．Shields: Indo-European Basis Colour Terms. ９．Colours as symbols. 10．Colours as symbols (continued). 11．Expressions and idioms based on colour. 12．Expressions and idioms based on colours.(continued) 13．Natural colours of heraldry. 14．Etymology of colours used in English. 15．Revision and questions.
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