Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary
Palmer: Color and consciousness

Asymmetries in the distribution of composite and derived basic color categories


Paul Kay a1
a1 Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720 kay@cogsci.berkeley.edu www.icsi.berkeley.edu/~kay

Abstract

PURPLE (RED-and-BLUE) is the most frequently occurring derived (binary) basic color term (BCT), but there is never a named composite BCT meaning RED-or-BLUE. GREEN-or-BLUE is the most frequently named composite color category, but there is never a BCT for the corresponding derived (binary) category CYAN (BLUE-and-GREEN). Why?



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