The Debate about Colour Naming in 19th Century German Philology.

Selected Translations

Barbara Saunders

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The Debate about Colour Naming in 19th Century Germon Philology is comprised of eleven years essays illustrating the intensity of interest in colour naming and categorization that arose in nineteenth century Germany. The themes of each chapter behind the ‘testing’ of the colour-naming capacities of ‘primitive people’ throughout the world, and which move towards new variants of the doctrine of ‘evolution’. This Selection of work directs itself towards the growing field of Psychology and the shifting ground on which move towards it was tot form the later debates ‘colour naming and categorisation’ These essays can be read from both a general and a specialist perspective. They are a fascinating example of the early development of the human sciences, and of the interplay between natural science, social science and ideology. Barbara Saunders (PhD 1992) pursues research on Anthropological Colour Categorisation and Naming, the Kwakwaka’wakw of Vancouver Island, Museums, and Gender.


1. H. Magnus (1877) The development of colour perception

2. E. Krause (1877) In defence of my rejected critique

3. R. Andrée (1878) Observations on primitive peoples' colour perception

4. R. Virchow (1879) Nubians

5. A. Kirchhoff (1879) Nubians : observations on their awareness of colour as well as its nomenclature

6. G. Nachtigal (1879) Sahara und Sudan

7. L. Kotelmann (1879) The eyes of 9 Lapps, 3 Patagonians and 1 Negro

8. C. Schroeder (1879) The evolution of the human eye's ability to perceive different colour tones

9. V. von Strauss und Torney (1879) Colour terms for 'blue' and 'green' in early Chinese history

10. H. Magnus (1880) A research study of primitive peoples' awareness and perception of colour

11. E. Almquist (1883) A study into the colour-sense of the Chukchi people


Format: Edited volume - ebook - PDF

199 pages

ISBN: 9789461661210

Publication: June 29, 2007

Series: Studia Anthropologica 11

Languages: English

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