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An Analysis of the Semantic Expressions of the Blackmeaning Class of Color Words in ShuoWenJieZi

Jiayao Jiao


A total of 253 color words are included in ShuoWenJieZi. The color words are mainly distributed in the basic color words red, blue, black, yellow and white fi ve color system. Among them, 68 color words are recorded in the category of black meaning. Black color words account for 27% of the color words. There are three main ways to express the semantics of blackmeaning color words in the ShuoWen Jiezi: black with other color words, degree words with color words, and color words attached to something. All three ways present semantic precision and ambiguity.


ShuoWenJieZi; Color words; Black; Semantic expression

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v7i14.8677