Color Categories in Brain and Language–Marriage or Mirage?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 684. Review of “Color Categories in Thought and Language” (see record 1997-36255-000). 20 years ago, vision scientists studying color perception and neurophysiology and anthropologists studying the assumed radically unique systems of color terminology in different cultures would have seen little reason to talk to each other. Then in a landmark work, Berlin and Kay (1969) proposed a limited set of basic color terms in all languages and a constrained order in which those terms evolved. Work has continued on the Berlin and Kay hypotheses on a number of fronts. This book is the result of a conference held at the Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California, in 1992 which gathered vision scientists, anthropologists, and linguists to discuss the current and possible future state of this work. Rosch discusses the focus of this book and who could benefit from reading it. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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