Color Naming Experiment in Mongolian Language

Nandin-Erdene Osorjamaa, Nansalmaa Nyamjav


There are numerous researches on color terms and names in many languages. In Mongolian language there are few doctoral theses on color naming. Cross cultural studies of color naming have demonstrated Semantic relevance in French and Mongolian color name Gerlee Sh. (2000); Comparisons of color naming across English and Mongolian Uranchimeg B. (2004); Semantic comparison between Russian and Mongolian idioms Enhdelger O. (1996); across symbolism Dulam S. (2007) and few others. Also a few articles on color naming by some Mongolian scholars are Tsevel, Ya. (1947), Baldan, L. (1979), Bazarragchaa, M. (1997) and others. Color naming studies are not sufficiently studied in Modern Mongolian. Our research is considered to be the first intended research on color naming in Modern Mongolian, because it is one part of Ph.D dissertation on color naming. There are two color naming categories in Mongolian, basic color terms and non- basic color terms. There are seven basic color terms in Mongolian. This paper aims to consider how Mongolian color names are derived from basic colors by using psycholinguistics associative experiment. It maintains the students and researchers to acquire the specific understanding of the differences and similarities of color naming in Mongolian and  English languages from the psycho-linguistic aspect.



Modern Mongolian, basic color terms, non-basic color terms, associative experiment, signal word, response word, color naming

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