- English language has 11 : yellow, green, blue, brown, purple, red, pink, orange, black, white, and grey.
- Tanii seems to have 8 : yellow (pilan), green (salyi) grue (jiji), red (lanchan), pink (lamu-layu), orange (pyamin/tormin), white (pulu), black (ji) and grey (mubu).
Below are displayed the various colours and shades in Tanii according to our present knowledge :
- Mubu is a descriptive colour words, it is primarily used to refer to ashes from fire, but secondarily used to denote ashy colour, or grey. This is a feature shared by many Asian languages such as, for eg., Japanese.
Jiji has a meaning that covers both blue and green, depending on the situation. Compare for eg. :
yapun hii jijido => the sky is blue.
anii hii jijido => the leaf is green.
anii hii salyido => the leaf is green.
Do you know other color names which are not listed here ? Please help us to collect them all.