[Lingtyp] query: "blue"/"green" and dialectal variation in English
hartmut at ruc.dk
Sun Apr 7 21:43:10 UTC 2019
David, I have no hard data, but with my experience from German (my L1) and a long history of misunderstandings, I am not surprised at all.
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Fra: Lingtyp <lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org> På vegne af David Gil
Sendt: 7. april 2019 23:29
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Emne: [Lingtyp] query: "blue"/"green" and dialectal variation in English
I've recently become aware of dialectal variation within English with respect to the denotation of the colour terms "blue" and "green"; specifically, the extent to which they apply to intermediate colours such as cyan, turquoise and teal. I'm currently running an informal survey on google forms (see link below); the results are still coming in, but I'm already observing interesting dialectal variation. For example, in stimulus 8, showing a shade of teal, subjects are presented with a forced choice task: is it "blue" or "green"? The percentage of subjects who chose "blue" range from 19% in Australian English (23 subjects) to 65% in USA English (97 subjects), with other countries occupying intermediate positions on the scale.
My question: has anybody described this kind of variation within English dialects before? It's the world's most studied language, and a very popular domain of investigation, and yet a Google search didn't come up with any references to precisely this kind of variation. Any comments related to this topic would be appreciated.
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