The linguistics of colour names

This fascinating short video explains how different languages have treated the process of categorising colours.

The discussion highlights two important features of any process of analysis:

  • Before you start, your terms need to be defined, but then those definitions need to be kept under review.
  • We all need to remember that we have our own framework of expectations. If we apply our values out of context, we may not reach the right conclusion.

I was particularly interested to find out that other cultures don’t see the basics as three primary colours. I’m looking at things in a completely different way at the moment!

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