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Daniel wrote:
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I: white and black (none of the 98 languages didn't have these)
II: I + red
IIIa/b: II + yellow or green
IV: II + yellow and green
V: IV + blue
VI: V + brown
VII: VI + any of these: purple, pink, orange, grey (no language
had more than 11 basic (monomorphemic?) color terms).

(That's a total of 22 possibilities, whereas there would be 2048
possibilities to pick any of these 11 basic color terms.)
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You know, now that I'm taking typology, I've been wondering
about this study specifically...  Did you read the article, or was
the data just presented in class?  I'm wondering how balanced
their sample was.

Also, I think it's been brought up before, but doesn't Russian
have two monomorphemic/psychologically basic words for
blue: one light blue, the other dark blue?

-David
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