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Title: Colour naming and use preferences in Spanish text typologies (1492−1700)
Authors: Cáceres Lorenzo, M. Teresa 
UNESCO Clasification: 5701 Lingüística aplicada
5705 Lingüística sincrónica
Keywords: Golden Age
Colour lexicon
Diachronic corpus
Quantitative data
Spanish language
Issue Date: 2022
Project: Americanismos léxicos en las lenguas española e inglesa documentados en textos sobre América anteriores a 1700: AMERLEXDATABASE 
Journal: Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 
Abstract: This article is intended to provide a quantitative analysis of colour names and their appearance in certain text typologies between 1492 and 1700. The terms for colour increased in Spain’s Golden Age because of the need to describe Spanish and American reality in detail. A review of the specialised literature has provided us with a lexicon of 499 terms of which 277 colour words are recorded in Golden Age documents according to various diachronic corpora. The method for collecting and analysing texts has provided a lexicon of 66 terms for colour with different degrees of preference for a specific type of document. In addition, 23 of these words have been found to indicate greater numerical specialisation by typology. These lexical units are mediaeval terms used especially in scientific prose and lyric, followed by historiography and society prose. These quantitative data represent the initial stage of research to which other issues must be added in the future such as the context in which these terms appear and the semantic changes that occur in each of the texts.
ISSN: 0028-3754
DOI: 10.51814/nm.112068
Source: Neuphilologische Mitteilungen [0028-3754], 123(2), p. 61–87
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