Journal article

Communicative need in colour naming

Noga Zaslavsky, Charles Kemp, Naftali Tishby, Terry Regier

COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Colour naming across languages has traditionally been held to reflect the structure of colour perception. At the same time, it has often, and increasingly, been suggested that colour naming may be shaped by patterns of communicative need. However, much remains unknown about the factors involved in communicative need, how need interacts with perception, and how this interaction may shape colour naming. Here, we engage these open questions by building on general information-theoretic principles. We present a systematic evaluation of several factors that may reflect need, and that have been proposed in the literature: capacity constraints, linguistic usage, and the visual environment. Our analy..

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Grants

Awarded by DTRA (Defense Threat Reduction Agency)


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by DTRA (Defense Threat Reduction Agency) award HDTRA11710042 (NZ, TR) and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation (NZ, NT)