Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Saunders & van Brakel: Colour categorization

Science [not equal] imperialism: There are nontrivial constraints on color naming

Paul Kay a1 and Brent Berlin a2
a1 Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720 [email protected]
a2 Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 [email protected]


Saunders & van Brakel's claim that Berlin and Kay (1969) assumed a language/vision correlation in the area of color categorization and disguised this assumption as a finding is shown to be false. The methodology of the World Color Survey, now nearing completion, is discussed and the possibility of an additional language/vision correlation in color categorization is suggested.