Encyclopedia of Color Science and Technology

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| Editors: Ronnier Luo

Mesoamerican Color Survey Digital Archive

  • Kimberly A. Jameson
  • Nathan A. Benjamin
  • Stephanie M. Chang
  • Prutha S. Deshpande
  • Sergio Gago
  • Ian G. Harris
  • Yang Jiao
  • Sean Tauber
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27851-8_375-1

Definition

The Mesoamerican Color Survey (MCS) collected color-naming and categorization data from approximately 900 speakers from each of 116 indigenous languages from regions in Mesoamerica or Central America. Analyses of these data were originally reported by Dr. Robert E. MacLaury, principal investigator of the survey. The MCS data exist as a public-access color categorization and naming digital archive, in conjunction with other color categorization data collected by MacLaury, and are available at http://colcat.calit2.uci.edu/.

Introduction

Human categorization behavior is widely studied across the behavioral sciences. It underlies many cognitive functions, including concept formation, decision making, learning, and communication. Color appearance, similar to other natural categorization domains, has distinctive features or properties that vary along continuous dimensions. Semantic color categories, their formation, their best exemplars and boundaries, and the influence of these...

Keywords

Mapping Task Color Naming Indigenous Language Language Family Color Categorization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberly A. Jameson
    • 1
  • Nathan A. Benjamin
    • 2
  • Stephanie M. Chang
    • 2
  • Prutha S. Deshpande
    • 3
  • Sergio Gago
    • 5
  • Ian G. Harris
    • 4
  • Yang Jiao
    • 4
  • Sean Tauber
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Mathematical Behavioral SciencesUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Calit2, Computer ScienceUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA
  3. 3.Cognitive SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA
  4. 4.Computer ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA
  5. 5.Calit2, School of EngineeringUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA