Studies in African Linguistics
Many West African languages lack a separate category of adjectives; Krahn and Wobé are also said to lack this lexical class. However, an examination of color terms in the Gborbo dialect of Liberian Krahn reveals a class of words which are neither nouns or verbs After describing the syntactic behavior of nouns and verbs and color nouns and verbs, it is shown that a third class of color words must be considered adjectives. The data supports proposals by Givón and Dixon that, universally, lexical categories are semantically based.
Original Publication Citation
Bing, J.M. (1991). Color terms and lexical classes in Krahn/Wobé. Studies in African Linguistics, 22(3), 277-296.
Bing, Janet Mueller, "Color Terms and Lexical Classes in Krahn/Wobé" (1991). English Faculty Publications. 13.