Color terms in folk tales: a cross-cultural study

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 14 Published In Pages: 231-253
By Bolton, Ralph, Crisp, Diane


The salience of color categories in folk tales is positively associated with the evolutionary sequence proposed by Berlin and Kay (1969) (233).


The correlations between the Berlin and Kay (1969) sequence and the data from the separate folk tale collections range from a low of 0.45 (rho) to a high of 0.96 (p. 241)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Spearman’s rank-order correlationSupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Color TermsDependentVocabulary
Evolutionary Sequence Proposed By Berlin And Kay (1969)IndependentNONE