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ERIC Number: EJ820344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 20
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Knowing Color Terms Enhances Recognition: Further Evidence from English and Himba
Goldstein, Julie; Davidoff, Jules; Roberson, Debi
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v102 n2 p219-238 Feb 2009
Two experiments attempted to reconcile discrepant recent findings relating to children's color naming and categorization. In a replication of Franklin and colleagues ["Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 90" (2005) 114-141], Experiment 1 tested English toddlers' naming and memory for blue-green and blue-purple colors. It also found advantages for between-category presentations that could be interpreted as support for universal color categories. However, a different definition of knowing color terms led to quite different conclusions in line with the Whorfian view of Roberson and colleagues ["Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 133" (2004) 554-571]. Categorical perception in recognition memory was now found only for children with a fuller understanding of the relevant terms. It was concluded that color naming can both underestimate and overestimate toddlers' knowledge of color terms. Experiment 2 replicated the between-category recognition superiority found in Himba children by Franklin and colleagues for the blue-purple range. But Himba children, whose language does not have separate terms for green and blue, did not show a cross-category advantage for that set; rather, they behaved like English children who did not know their color terms. (Contains 6 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)