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


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

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences > Clinical and Systems Neuroscience
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Additional Information: Roberson, D., Davidoff, J., Davies, I. R. L., & Shapiro, L. R. (2004). The Development of Color Categories in Two Languages: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 133(4), 554-571.
Uncontrolled Keywords: linguistic relativity,color categories,children,category acquisition,seminomadic equatorial African culture,English children,visual environment,language,education,term acquisition
Publication ISSN: 1939-2222
Last Modified: 06 May 2024 07:07
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2010 14:11
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2004-12
Authors: Roberson, Debi
Davidoff, Jules
Davies, Ian R.L.
Shapiro, Laura R. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-3276-457X)



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