Re: Debate opens anew on language and its effect on cognition

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Wed Feb 20 2002 - 06:01:42 GMT

  • Next message: Philip Jonkers: "Re: Words and memes: criteria for acceptance of new belief or meme"

    Received: by id GAA13594 (8.6.9/5.3[ref] for from; Wed, 20 Feb 2002 06:06:52 GMT
    Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 01:01:42 -0500
    Subject: Re: Debate opens anew on language and its effect on cognition
    Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII; format=flowed
    From: "Wade T.Smith" <>
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
    In-Reply-To: <>
    Message-Id: <>
    X-Mailer: Apple Mail (2.481)
    Precedence: bulk

    On Tuesday, February 19, 2002, at 10:39 , Grant Callaghan wrote:

    > The color yellow, for instance, does not imply cowardice in Chinese as
    > it does in English. But it does have connotations of sex, just as it
    > does for us.

    I remember a film called 'I am curious, yellow', but I didn't see it,
    and I never did know why 'yellow'. So, why? I don't think it's a usanian
    connotation, at least it's not one I've ever encountered. In fact, I'm
    hard pressed to find _any_ color that has a direct sexual connotation,
    with the possible exception of red, as in 'red-light district'.

    Interestingly, there is a new musical theatre piece called 'Contact',
    which has a strongly sexual episode with a character known only as the
    'Girl in the Yellow Dress'. I've read some reviews, but nothing I've
    read ever remarked upon any direct connotative device being utilized,
    only that the dress' color contrasts vividly with the rest of the
    characters' outfits and the stage setting itself.

    So, what and why yellow? Or, has it happened that yet another facet of
    sex passed me by?

    - Wade

    This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
    Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
    For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Wed Feb 20 2002 - 06:16:55 GMT