The Use of Colour in Reference Production: A Comparison between Dutch and Greek

Mirjana Sekicki, Jette Viethen, M.B. Goudbeek, E.J. Krahmer

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The important role of referring expressions in human
communication has inspired much research in the fields of
computational linguistics and psycholinguistics. Building on
the research done by Viethen, Goudbeek and Krahmer
(CogSci, 2012) the present study takes a cross-linguistic
perspective on examining the use of the colour attribute in
distinguishing a target referent. It aims at answering the
following research question: Does the availability of adequate
basic colour terms in a language affect the use of colour in
reference production? We conducted a language production
experiment with native speakers of Dutch and Greek. Our
results confirm that the use of the colour attribute in reference
production depends on the colour term resources of a
particular language. In addition, we have recorded a large
cross-linguistic difference in the proportion of the colour use,
which we relate to the particular colour nuances used.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (2014)
PublisherAustin, TX: Cognitive Science Society
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
EventCogSci 2014 - Québec City, Canada
Duration: 23 Jul 201426 Jul 2014


ConferenceCogSci 2014
CityQuébec City


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