Silvestre, Cardeira & Villalva (eds.), Colour and colour naming: crosslinguistic approaches. Lisbon, 2016 (978-989-98666-2-1).

The Colour and Colour Naming conference, held in 2015 at the University of Lisbon, offered a chance to explore colour naming processes from a cross-linguistic approach. The conference was an initiative of the working group Lexicography And Lexicology from a Pan-European Perspective, itself part of the COST action European Network of Lexicography. The working group investigates the various ways by which vocabularies of European languages can be represented in dictionaries and how existing information from single language dictionaries can be displayed and interlinked to better communicate their common European heritage. The proceedings gather together a selection of studies originally presented at the conference. The first section of the volume outlines a Pan-European perspective of colour names; the second section is devoted to the categorisation and lexicographic description of colour terms.


  1. Colour names, pan-European perspective

Steven N. Dworkin, A diachronic overview of color terms in the romance languages: the lexical stability of the latin color vocabulary

Maria Grossmann & Paolo D’Achille, Italian colour terms in the BLUE area: synchrony and diachrony

Ewa Stala & Przemysław Dębowiak, European (dis)union of colours: secondary basic colour terms in Polish, Portuguese and Spanish

Esperança Cardeira, Preto and negro, pardo, mestiço and mulato

  1. Categorization and lexicographic description

Carla Marello & Cristina Onesti , Colourful microstructures: how Italian dictionaries see colour terms

Alina Villalva, On the grammatical substance of colour words

Erling Strudsholm, Carla Bazzanella & Irene Ronga, Metaphor and emotion in colour words

Adina Camelia Bleotu, Colour verbs in English and Romanian