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Relatively Speaking: An Account of the Relationship between Language and Thought in the Color Domain

Roberson, D and Hanley, JR (2010) 'Relatively Speaking: An Account of the Relationship between Language and Thought in the Color Domain.' In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) Words and the Mind: How Words Capture Human Experience. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 9780195311129


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This chapter is divided into six sections. The first sets out the background of the debate about the relationship between language and cognition in the color domain. The second explains how recent studies of color recognition employing visual search tasks have clarified this relationship. This section also argues that these studies point to the existence of two separate systems that influence perception and categorization of color; one of which is linguistically based, and one of which is not affected by language. The third section critically evaluates recent claims that there are similarities between color terms in the world's languages that point to the existence of color universals. The fourth section examines children's color term acquisition in an attempt to trace the mechanisms bywhich color categories are acquired. It also discusses whether infants have an innate prepartitioned organization of color categories that is overridden during the learning process. The two final sections outline some outstanding questions, note some methodological constraints on the conclusions that can be drawn from the accumulated evidence, and argue that much more empirical investigation is still needed in this field.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2011 16:03
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 23:15

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