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

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Van Gijn,  Rik
Language and Cognition Group, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;
Language documentation and data mining, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;
Radboud University Nijmegen;
Categories across Language and Cognition, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

Gipper,  Sonja
Language documentation and data mining, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;
Radboud University Nijmegen;
Categories across Language and Cognition, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Van Gijn, R., Hirtzel, V., & Gipper, S. (2010). Updating and loss of color terminology in Yurakaré: An interdisciplinary point of view. Language & Communication, 30(4), 240-264. doi:10.1016/j.langcom.2010.02.002.


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-2642-B
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.