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  Two kinds of pink: Development and difference in Germanic colour semantics

Vejdemo, S., Levisen, C., van Scherpenberg, C., Beck, þ. G., Næss, A., Zimmermann, M., et al. (2015). Two kinds of pink: Development and difference in Germanic colour semantics. Language Sciences, 49, 19-34. doi:10.1016/j.langsci.2014.07.007.

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Vejdemo, Susanne1, Author
Levisen, Carsten2, Author
van Scherpenberg, Cornelia3, Author           
Beck, þórhalla Guðmundsdóttir4, Author
Næss, Åshild5, Author
Zimmermann, Martina6, Author
Stockall, Linnaea7, Author
Whelpton, Matthew8, Author
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1Stockholm University, Department of Linguistics, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden, ou_persistent22              
2Linguistics and Semiotics, Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 2, Bygning 1485-335, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark, ou_persistent22              
3Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München, Germany, ou_persistent22              
4University of Iceland, Háskóli Íslands, Sæmundargötu 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland, ou_persistent22              
5University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia, ou_persistent22              
6Institute of Multilingualism (University of Fribourg, University of Teacher Education), Rue de Morat 24, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland, ou_persistent22              
7Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS England, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              
8University of Iceland , Sæmundargötu 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: This article traces the birth of two different pink categories in western Europe and the lexicalization strategies used for these categories in English, German, Bernese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Icelandic with the cognate sets pink, rosa, bleikur, lyserød, ceris. In the 18th century, a particular shade of light red established itself in the cultural life of people in Western Europe, earning its own independent colour term. In the middle of the 20th century, a second pink category began to spread in a subset of the languages. Contemporary experimental data from the Evolution of Semantic Systems colour project (Majid et al., 2011) is analysed in light of the extant historical data on the development of these colour terms. We find that the current pink situation arose through contact-induced lexical and conceptual change. Despite the different lexicalization strategies, the terms' denotation is remarkably similar for the oldest pink category and we investigate the impact of the advent of the younger and more restricted secondary pink category on the colour categorization and colour denotations of the languages.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2014-08-212015-05
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2014.07.007
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Title: Language Sciences
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 49 Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 19 - 34 Identifier: ISSN: 0388-0001
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954926239446