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Updating and loss of color terminology in Yurakaré: An interdisciplinary point of view


Van Gijn, Rik; Hirtzel, Vincent; Gipper, Sonja (2010). Updating and loss of color terminology in Yurakaré: An interdisciplinary point of view. Language & Communication, 30(4):240-264.

Abstract

In spite of the well-established idea that language contact is fundamental for explaining language change, this aspect has been remarkably absent in most studies of color term evolution. This paper discusses the changes in the color system of Yurakaré (unclassified, Bolivia) that have occurred during the last 200 years, as a result of intensive contact with Spanish language and culture. Developing the new theoretical concept of ‘updating’, we will show that different contexts have resulted in qualitatively different changes to the color system of the language.

Abstract

In spite of the well-established idea that language contact is fundamental for explaining language change, this aspect has been remarkably absent in most studies of color term evolution. This paper discusses the changes in the color system of Yurakaré (unclassified, Bolivia) that have occurred during the last 200 years, as a result of intensive contact with Spanish language and culture. Developing the new theoretical concept of ‘updating’, we will show that different contexts have resulted in qualitatively different changes to the color system of the language.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:October 2010
Deposited On:13 Nov 2013 09:07
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:08
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0271-5309
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2010.02.002

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