Colour terms in the names of coastal and inland features: a study of four Berwickshire parishes

Dunlop, L. and Hough, C. (2014) Colour terms in the names of coastal and inland features: a study of four Berwickshire parishes. In: Anderson, W., Biggam, C. P., Hough, C. and Kay, C. (eds.) Colour Studies. A Broad Spectrum. John Benjamins: Amsterdam, pp. 307-322. ISBN 9789027212191 (doi: 10.1075/z.191)

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This chapter presents a study of colour terms in the names of four parishes within the historic county of Berwickshire in south-east Scotland. Out of 1,895 marked features on the first-edition six-inch Ordnance Survey map of 1856, sixty-nine (3.64%) have names containing colour terms. These fall into two groups: base names, where the feature was named directly from the colour, and derived names, where the base name has been used to name another feature. Comparison of inland and coastal names reveals different profiles, with derived names more commonly generated inland, but colour terms more salient in coastal names.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hough, Professor Carole
Authors: Dunlop, L., and Hough, C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:John Benjamins
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
539671Scottish Toponymy in Transition: Progressing County Surveys of the Place-Names of ScotlandThomas ClancyArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/I002014/1HU - CELTIC AND GAELIC