Adam Walker wrote: > Personally, I *think* in terms of the following colors > - black, white, grey, red, green, blue, yellow, > orange, purple, pink, beige, aqua and brown. > > I do not think of beige as being brown any more than I > think of pink as being red or grey as being black. I > also do not accept aqua as being categorizable as > either blue or green. Pink to me is just a light shade of red, as tan is a light shade of brown, and lavender a light shade of purple. I defined the basic colors in Lindiga as red, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, and black; there are also words for intermediate colors, but these aren't "basic" color words; orange in Lindiga is a variety of red, for instance. Lindiga has a word "silki" [Silgi] meaning "turquoise", which is on the border between blue and green (not pure cyan, but a bit more green). The complete set of named Lindiga colors is at: http://www.io.com/~hmiller/png/lindiga-colors.png Of the 10 basic and intermediate Lindiga hues, I perceive "ligwi" [liGwi] as just a variety of green (the spelling on the chart "lichvi" is out of date), and "ntiki" [ndZiki] as a variety of blue. "Marsni" [maz`n`i] is a reddish magenta, but I still think of it more as a shade of purple. But "narrsi" [narzi] seems like a distinct basic color (probably from the influence of "orange" in English), and "silki" doesn't comfortably fit into either "werrti" [werdZi] (green) or "lampi" [lambi] (blue). Of the three "light" colors that have Lindiga names, only "takni" [tagni] (tan) seems distinct enough to be marginally considered as a basic color; it's not only lighter than "prroni" [brOJi] (brown), but also more yellowish where "prroni" is more reddish. "Pinki" [piNgi] is just a light red, and "laurni" [lQUn`i] (lavender) a light purple. The other marginally basic colors are the dark/dull colors "lolwi" [lOlHi] (olive), "prroni", and "mlovi" [mlOvi] (mauve). But "mlovi" just seems like a dull purple, while "lolwi" seems greenish (even though it's actually more yellow than green).