colour words and parts of speech
autotype at UNI-LEIPZIG.DE
Tue Apr 4 12:24:06 UTC 2006
David - The color terms in Belhare (Kiranti) ('black', 'red',
'white', 'green', 'yellow') form their own subclass of adjectives,
identified by a special 'color' article that the adjective takes in
NPs, and there is one frequently used color term (for 'blue') that
does not belong to this class but instead behaves like non-color
adjectives and demonstratives.
The reason for the special behavior of the 'bue'-term seems fairly
obvious: it's a recent borrowing from Nepali while all others either
go back to old TB roots or are old and now well-integrated
borrowings. I'd guess such splits are fairly common.
Bickel, B. (2003), 'Belhare', in G. Thurgood and R. J. LaPolla
(eds.), The Sino-Tibetan languages, London: Routledge, 546 – 70.
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