"Brightness" in color linguistics: New light from Danish visual semantics

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Abstract

This chapter scrutinizes the discourse of “brightness” in color linguistics. Drawing on insights from visual semantics and linguistic anthropology, and challenging the universal applicability of “brightness”, the study provides new evidence from Danish. The chapter provides a new analysis of the lexicogrammar and linguaculture of lys‘light, brightness’ in relation to color. The Natural Semantic Metalanguage approach is used to provide detailed semantic explications for three grammatical devices based on lys (lys, lys-, and lyse-), along with an analysis of three Danish lys + color compounds lyserød, lysegrøn, and lyseblå. Based on the evidence from Danish and other studies in visual semantics, the chapter calls for a renewed focus on the non-chromatic aspects of visual meanings, and for a metalinguistic reform in color linguistics.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelLexicalization patterns in color naming : a cross-linguistic perspective
RedaktørerIda Raffaelli, Daniela Katunar, Barbara Kerovec
Udgivelses stedAmsterdam
ForlagJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Publikationsdato2019
Sider83–105
ISBN (Trykt)9789027204035
ISBN (Elektronisk)9789027262127
StatusUdgivet - 2019
NavnStudies in Functional and Structural Linguistics
Nummer78
ISSN1385-7916

Citer dette

Levisen, C. (2019). "Brightness" in color linguistics: New light from Danish visual semantics. I I. Raffaelli, D. Katunar, & B. Kerovec (red.), Lexicalization patterns in color naming: a cross-linguistic perspective (s. 83–105). John Benjamins Publishing Company. Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics, Nr. 78