The development of color categories in two languages: a longitudinal study

Roberson, Debi, Davidoff, Jules, Davies, Ian R.L. and Shapiro, Laura R. (2004). The development of color categories in two languages: a longitudinal study. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 133 (a), pp. 554-571.

Abstract

This study unites investigations into the linguistic relativity of color categories with research on children's category acquisition. Naming, comprehension, and memory for colors were tracked in 2 populations over a 3-year period. Children from a seminomadic equatorial African culture, whose language contains 5 color terms, were compared with a group of English children. Despite differences in visual environment, language, and education, they showed similar patterns of term acquisition. Both groups acquired color vocabulary slowly and with great individual variation. Those knowing no color terms made recognition errors based on perceptual distance, and the influence of naming on memory increased with age. An initial perceptually driven color continuum appears to be progressively organized into sets appropriate to each culture and language. PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1037/0096-3445.133.4.554
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: linguistic relativity,color categories,children,category acquisition,seminomadic equatorial African culture,English children,visual environment,language,education,term acquisition
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Published Date: 2004-12
Authors: Roberson, Debi
Davidoff, Jules
Davies, Ian R.L.
Shapiro, Laura R. ( 0000-0002-3276-457X)

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