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bendigeidfran's Avatar Jump to comment 24 by bendigeidfran

We don't see the dividing line between one colour and the next, we impose it. Most people here would divide the colour space into eight categories, the Berinmo of Papua New Guinea has only five colour names for the same range. But the difference between the two cultures is not that the Berinmo just have a relatively crude way of describing colour differences, rather they perceive fewer distinctions.

See Jules Davidoff 'Language and Perceptual Categorisation', Trends in Cognitive Sciences 5:9 (September 2001), 383-387.

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