Properties, states and processes. A conceptual semantics analysis of the color verb system in Finnish, Estonian and Hungarian

Geda Paulsen, Urpo Nikanne, Eszter Papp

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The article is an analysis of color verb system in Estonan, Finnish, and Hungarian. All of these languages have verbs that indicate stative (being of some color, e.f. 'being red'), inchoative (becoming of some color, e.g. 'turning red') or causative (changing the color of some object, e.g. 'make smth red'). Finnish, Estonian, and Hungarian color verbs are compared to each other and analyzed as a part of the grammatical system of each language. A formal analysis of these verbs is given within Conceptual Semantics framework.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationColor Language and Color Categorization
EditorsGeda Paulsen, Mari Uusküla, Jonathan Brindle
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN (Print)978-1-4438-9116-5
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • Conceptual Semantics
  • Estonian language
  • Finnish language
  • Grammar
  • Hungarian language
  • Semantics
  • verb

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