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ERIC Number: EJ871594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0388-0001
Polish Terms for "Blue" in the Perspective of Vantage Theory
Stanulewicz, Danuta
Language Sciences, v32 n2 p184-195 Mar 2010
The Polish set of terms for blue includes, inter alia, the following adjectives: "niebieski" "blue", "blekitny" "(sky) blue", "granatowy" "navy blue", "lazurowy" "azure", "modry" "(intense) blue" and "siny" "(grey) violet-blue". The adjective "niebieski" is the basic term; however, it shares some of its functions with "blekitny", which is frequently used to refer to blue with positive connotations (e.g. "blekitna krew" "blue blood"), whereas negative attitudes are expressed by "siny" (e.g. "siny z zimna" "blue with cold", "Sinobrody" "Bluebeard"). The most intriguing relationships are those between "niebieski" and "blekitny" because the terms share the prototypical reference, i.e. the sky. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how Vantage Theory (VT) may be useful in explaining these relationships. A proposal is made to include positive connotations in the vantage model of "blekitny". The paper also investigates whether the VT findings corroborate other findings such as the results of a questionnaire whose aim was to examine the understanding of the terms for different shades of blue. (Contains 5 tables and 7 figures.)
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Language: English
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