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
a2 Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602


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.