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Re: Homing Pigeons? Try Homing Crocodiles...
Andreas Johansson writes:
A great many of the world's languages don't bother with different
words for "blue" and "green". To speakers of such languages there
apparently *is* no category difference between them, suggesting that
"red", "green", and "blue" are particularities not of human vision but
of some culturally conditioned ways of thinking about colour. I'll try
and hound down a reference tomorrow.
Some pacific islander languages don't have separate words for 'blue' and
'green', but instead differentiate shades of the two. Dark blue and dark
green are considered the same thing, while there is a separate word that
describes light green and light blue collectively. No doubt it's a result of
strong sea-faring traditions (I imagine the same stretch of water can look
blue or green depending on the time of day, whereas the shade differences
probably reflect depth or currents which are more important for sea faring).
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