Color term salience

American Anthropologist Vol/Iss. 74 Published In Pages: 1107-1121
By Hays, David G., Margolis, Enid, Naroll, Raoul, Perkins, Revere Dale


This paper examines the Berlin-Kay color salience theory and offers four correlates of color salience: earliness of introduction, brevity of expression, frequency of use, and frequency of mention in ethnographic literature. All four correlations support the Berlin-Kay theory. The authors suggest that salience may be “an important general principle of cultural evolution” (1107).

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