colour words and parts of speech

David Gil gil at EVA.MPG.DE
Mon Apr 3 20:55:23 UTC 2006

I'm seeking examples of languages in which different colour words belong 
to different parts of speech.

An example of such a language is Hebrew, in which most colour words are 
adjectives, but one, "txelet", denoting 'pale blue', exhibits the 
grammatical properties of a noun.

Does anybody know of any other such examples? 


David Gil

Department of Linguistics
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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