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Colours in many languages

This section contains the colour words that have been indentified in various studies as the most common across most languages, although the actual colours represented by each of the colour words are not nescessarily exactly the same. For example, in Greek and Russian there are two words for blue corresponding to light blue and dark blue, and these colours are considered and perceived as separate. In other languages there are overlaps between blue, green and grey, or red, orange and brown.


Colour words in individual languages


Afroasiatic languages

Semitic languages
Arabic

Austroasiatic languages

Vietnamese

Austronesian languages

Malayo-Polynesian languages
Filipino / Tagalog, Tuvaluan

Dravidian languages

Telugu

Indo-European languages

Celtic languages
Breton, Cornish, Irish, Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh
Germanic languages
Afrikaans, Dutch, German, Icelandic, Swedish
Indo-Iranian languages
Marathi
Romance languages
French, Italian, Lombard, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian
Slavic languages
Czech, Russian

Japonic languages
Japanese

Koreanic languages
Korean

Muskogean languages
Creek

Niger-Congo languages

Bantu languages
Xhosa

Links

Lists of colours
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_colors

Research on colour words
http://www.putlearningfirst.com/language/research/colour_words.html

The colour of words
http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/colour.htm

Colour idioms in different language
https://thecolorlanguageproject.wordpress.com/

French colours
http://www.frenchspanishonline.com/beginnersfrench/school/couleur/color.html

Japanese colours
http://nihongoup.com/blog/japanese-color-names/

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