Natural Color Categories Are Convex Sets

  • Gerhard Jäger
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6042)


The paper presents a statistical evaluation of the typological data about color naming systems across the languages of the world that have been obtained by the World Color Survey. In a first step, we discuss a principal component analysis of the categorization data that led to a small set of easily interpretable features dominant in color categorization. These features were used for a dimensionality reduction of the categorization data.

Using the thus preprocessed categorization data, we proceed to show that available typological data support the hypothesis by Peter Gärdenfors that the extension of color category are convex sets in the CIELab space in all languages of the world.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerhard Jäger
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of Tübingen 

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