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A tour of semantics, culture and traditions in the perceptions of green.


4-6pm / Wednesday 27th September 2017

The School of Design, Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, City Campus East 2, Northumbria University NE1 2SU

At the end of the summer, we would like to reflect on the colour green that is soon turning into different shades. Does green simply give pleasure to the eye or can we think other things associated with green? We think of nature and of spring, but also of healthy foods and considerations for our environment. There are also cultural overtones and associations to feelings such as envy or hope. What do you make of the colour green?

Our event will discuss the status of the colour green in the context of language, tradition, symbolism and perceptions across different cultures. The presentations should appeal to everyone who is interested in the topic – irrespective of background or knowledge of the subject.



Fiona Raeside Elliott (Fashion Marketing, University of Northumbria)

Introduction to the WW2 American uniform exhibition


Dr Carole Biggam (Glasgow University)

Prasine, leeky, olivaceous or just green?

How many words for the colour green have been used in the English language over the centuries? The 'Historical Thesaurus' records over a hundred adjectives and adjectival phrases, quite apart from nouns and verbs, some of which are very familiar and others which have long since disappeared from the language. This talk will give a flavour of green terms from Anglo-Saxon times to the twentieth century, with examples of their usage in literary, poetic and everyday records. It will present some of the objects that were considered models for green or a part of green, such as sage, willow, water and jade, and will investigate the use of green words beyond the world of plants and vegetation. Something too will be said about the periods in history that seemed most interested in this colour, introducing scores of new ways to describe it.


Dr Dimitris Mylonas (University College London)

Features of GREEN colour categories across languages

Green is commonly associated with nature, growth and spring but little is known about the features of GREEN colour categories across languages. In this talk, we examine lexical, behavioural and geometrical measures of GREEN in English, Greek (πράσινο - prasino) and Russian (зеленый – zelënyj) based on findings from an ongoing colour naming experiment (available at: www.colournaming.com).


Prof John Hutchings (Visiting Prof, School of Design, University of Leeds)

Green, its oral tradition and symbolism

Chance encounters in the early 60s eventually (after 30 years) led on to a study of the place of colour in the folklore and oral tradition of the British Isles. The colour green has an unfortunate reputation for being ‘bad luck’, to which many causes have been attributed. Among these are mythical reasons, historical explanations and ‘common sense’ reasons. There is much to say about this.

Perhaps there is not too much to say about colour symbolism of ‘what green means’, because a symbol is in the eye of the author or speaker. Shakespeare was in no doubt, ‘green’ meant just what he wanted it to mean, good or bad, it was all the same to him - discuss.


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The School of Design, Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, City Campus East 2;

Northumbria University, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2SU

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