How Language Changes The Way We See Color

Business Insider spoke to writer, lecturer, and colour expert Gavin Evans about languages’ impact on colour and how it affects our perception of it.

Mr. Evans said; “There are several cultures in the world, including the Ancient Greeks, that did not have a word for the colour blue. In fact, blue as a separate colour in the English language is a relatively recent colour.”

“So the Himba tribe in Namibia, are one of those cultures, wherein the language there is no colour blue. So for them blue, as with the Ancient Greeks, blue is a variant of green. So when they’re shown colours with green and different greens and blue, they find it hard to distinguish between the greens and the blues.”

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