Color Categories in Thought and Language
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Color Categories in Thought and Language by C. L. Hardin
Book DescriptionIn the late 1960s, Berlin and Kay argued that there are commonalities of basic colour term use that extend across languages and cultures, and probably express universal features of perception and cognition. In 1992, at the Asilomar Conference Centre, visual scientists and psychologists met with linguists and anthropologists for the first time to examine how these claims have fared in the light of current knowledge. To what extent can cross-cultural regularities be explained by the operation of the human visual system? What can the study of colour categorisation tell us about concept formation? Are the Berlin-Kay results an artifact of their methods? What tools have been and should be used to probe the structure of human colour categories? In this volume, which arose from that conference but also incorporates new work, a distinguished team of contributors survey key ideas, results and techniques from the study of human colour vision, as well as field methods and theoretical interpretations drawn from linguistic anthropology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521498005
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author C. L. Hardin
Color for Philosophers, Paperback (January 1988)» View all books by C. L. Hardin
Awarded the 1986 Johnsonian Prize in Philosophy. This work on colour features a chapter, 'Further Thoughts: 1993', in which the author revisits the dispute between colour objectivists and subjectivists from the perspective of the ecology, genetics, and evolution of colour vision.
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