How culture might constrain color categories

Debi Roberson, Catherine O'Hanlon

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If language is crucial to the development of shared colour categories, how might cultural constraints influence the development of divergent category sets? We propose that communities arrive at different sets of categories because the tendency to group by perceptual similarity interacts with environmental factors (differential access to dying and printing technologies), to make different systems optimal for communication in different situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-506
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005


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