ERIC Number: ED374654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Study on Basic Color Terms: Lexico-Semantic Development in Japanese-English Bilinguals in New York.
Tanaka, Shigenori; Mizuno, Harumitsu
Psychologia - An International Journal of Psychology in the Orient, v26 n4 p203-13 Dec 1983
The purpose of this study was to examine Japanese children's lexico-semantic development in English. Twenty-one bilingual Japanese 10- and 11-year-olds who resided with their families in New York City for an average of 2 years and 5 months participated in the study. The children were asked to write down as many Japanese color names as they could think of in 30 seconds. The obtained order of the color terms was interpreted within the framework of Berlin and Kay's (1969) universal hierarchy of color terms. The children were then asked to respond to the emotive tone of Japanese and English color terms. The children showed certain systematicity in their responses to the emotive tone of the color words. It is argued that their responses may have been triggered by universalic sensations inherent in a given color, cultural transmission, area-specific socio-cultural conditions, or idiosyncratic experiences. Contains 19 references. (MDM)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Color, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, English, Foreign Countries, Japanese, Language Attitudes, Language Research, Lexicology, Semantics
Harumitsu Mizuno, 411 West 115th Street, #33, New York, NY 10025.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)