A Gaelic Way of Seeing?

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Abstract

In Gaelic, colour did not have a fixed, objective value but was mutable, part of a process, defined in relative terms by other colours in the domain and moving back and forth along scales of hue, saturation and shininess. There may be a dichotomy between the descriptive function of colour terminology in modern languages and its evaluative and interpretive function in older cultures: pattern, shininess and saturation reflect cultural aspiration. If we can learn to see the connections between differently-hued, but similarly reflective and saturated colour-terms across domains, we are beginning to see through a Gaelic lens.
Translated title of the contributionA Gaelic Way of Seeing?
Original languageScottish Gaelic/Gàidhlig na h-Alba
Title of host publicationCànan is Cultar/Language & Culture
Subtitle of host publicationRannsachadh na Gàidhlig 9
EditorsMeg Bateman, Richard Cox
Place of PublicationIsle of Syye
PublisherClò Ostaig
Chapter1
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Volume9
Edition1
ISBN (Print)978-0-9562615-5-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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