Language of Color
a study group of the AIC

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Call for papers: International Scientific Conference COLOUR-CULTURE-SCIENCE in Poland

Posted on 2016-04-15 - link

 Horse and carriage  in Kraków by Mike Allyn

Horse and carriage in Kraków by Mike Allyn

Colour-Culture-Science , 3rd International Scientific Conference in the cycle Colour Day, 23-24 November 2016, Cracow, Poland. Organized by: Polish Colour Association, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow

Call for Papers open Abstract Submission Deadline 30 April 2016 Committee: Dr Bożena Groborz, Dr Agata Kwiatkowska-Lubańska (ECD member), Dr inż. arch. Justyna Tarajko-Kowalska (ECD member)

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Comunicação com Cores (trans. Communication with colours) by Paula Csillag

Posted on 2016-04-03 - link

The goal of this book is to deepen the understanding of chromatic communication elements that tend to be generalized to human beings with normal eyesight. The term generalized is used in the sense of visual perception elements that work in a similar way to human beings, due to physiological factors. This book was organized according to visual perception Model SENS ORG INT’s structure. This model was devised by the author, presented in the conference and awarded in the 2007 Book of Selected Readings of the North American Association International Visual Literacy Association, with the Editor’s Choice Award, as the best paper presented and submitted. With such a framework, now applied to color, it may be possible to identify parameters for the creation and analysis of images, regarding the efficiency of its communication with colors. Principles here derived may be useful for application in design, advertising, architecture, movies, photography, fashion, packaging and any area that deals with visual communication.

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Thinking Colours - Perception, Translation and Representation

Posted on 2016-03-26 - link

The essays collected into this volume are organized into five interrelated sections exploring discourse on the interaction between sensation, perceptions of colour and the various forms of their cultural representation. The contributors analyse aspects related to colour ‘labelling’, its mediation and representation, consider traditional and new approaches to colour, and explore the cultural productivity of colour across different fields. Colour is presented within a conceptual framework that fosters alliances between the humanities and the social and natural sciences.

Part I is dedicated to studying colour from a cognitive perspective, while Part II contains essays dealing with issues surrounding the translation of colour lexicons and covers topics such as the Chinese qing macro-colour category and colour metonymy in advertising.

The papers grouped together in Part III explore the negotiation that occurs between colours and literature in a masterpiece of Chinese literary criticism Wenxin Diaolong (The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons) by Liu Xie, colour metaphors in Homeric epics, and finally the interpretation of colour in modern Portuguese youth novels. This is followed by Part IV, which examines the use of colour in the visual arts. The studies in Part V emphasize the usage of colour and colour preferences within different cultural and social environments, including peculiarities in design and architecture and the symbolism of colour in tourism.

Many of the questions addressed throughout this volume stem from the dialogic interaction among the contributors representing various different fields of research. Two particular aspects are present throughout the volume and will have a profound effect on the reader, namely that the categorization and the interpretation of colour are a priori emotional and vary from culture to culture. Colour names have their own “cultural memory” and references; they can either “remember” or “forget” some notions relevant to the speakers’ cultural tradition. Second, as a cultural puzzle, colour produces very strong associative and symbolic meanings, thus ensuring it remains a strong semiotic resource and a powerful instrument for conveying and communicating meaning. More info.


Augmenting Basic Colour Terms in English (2016) by Dimitris Mylonas & Lindsay MacDonald

Posted on 2016-02-05 - link

Turquoise2Lilac by D. Mylonas

Turquoise2Lilac by D. Mylonas

Abstract:

In an unconstrained colour naming experiment conducted over the web, 330 participants named 600 colour samples in English. The 30 most frequent monolexemic colour terms were analyzed with regards to frequency, consensus among genders, response times, consistency of use, denotative volume in the Munsell and OSA colour spaces and inter-experimental agreement. Each of these measures served for ranking colour term salience; rankings were then combined to give a composite index of basicness. The results support the extension of English inventory from the 11 basic colour terms of Berlin and Kay to 13 terms by the addition of lilac and turquoise. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Col Res Appl, 41, 32–42, 2016 More info.


Color names, stimulus color, and their subjective links (2016) by Liliana Albertazzi & Osvaldo Da Pos (member of SGLC)

Posted on 2016-01-27 - link

Hand made by  Nicola Romagna

Hand made by Nicola Romagna

Abstract:

The aim of the research reported by this study was on the one hand to identify what colors were associated with particular words in relation to a specific language (Italian), by portraying them in color stimuli on the screen of a monitor; and on the other hand to verify whether some words of that language denoted colors that were either particularly well defined or confused with others. In an experiment using special software, the subjects were asked to produce colors directly, instead of choosing among a number of colors presented on the screen. The results showed that (i) it is possible to identify the color-stimuli to which the terms of a language refer; that (ii) the “best” colors Giallo (Yellow), Rosso (Red), Blu (Blue), and Verde (Green) which the subjects were requested to produce were very similar to the corresponding unique hues; that (iii) among the mixed hues there were perceptually intermediate colors, that is, ones exactly midway between two consecutive unique colors: Arancione (Orange) and Viola (bluish Purple); that (iv) Turquoise and Lime were clearly positioned in the mental space of color of the participants; and that (v) for Italian speakers some hues coincide: Azzurro (Azure) and Celeste (Cerulean); Arancione (Orange), RossoGiallo (RedYellow) and Carota (Carrot); Lime and GialloVerde (YellowGreen), so that their color terms can be considered synonyms. Our most interesting finding, however, is that for Italian speakers these four mixed colors with their specific names (Lime, Turchese (Turquoise), Viola (bluish Purple) and Arancione (Orange) fall perceptually in the middle of each of the four quadrants formed in the hue circle by the four unique hues. The resulting circle is therefore characterized by eight colors of which four are unique and four are intermediate mixed. It would be advisable to repeat the study cross-culturally to test for possible similarities and differences in color meanings with speakers of different languages. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Col Res Appl, 2016.


Annual Report Preparation

Posted on 2016-01-07 - link

Image by Karsten Schmidt

Image by Karsten Schmidt

We are in preparation of our annual report and we want to hear about your activities in 2015 related to our study group accompanied by a colourful picture by 1st March 2016. Considering our limited single page space see previous report pg 43 we will try to include the most appropriate entries but we have always more space on our website.


AIC2016 Interim Meeting

Posted on 2015-12-23 - link

 "La Busqueda" (The Search) en la Municipalidad de Vitacura by Jimmy Baikovicius

"La Busqueda" (The Search) en la Municipalidad de Vitacura by Jimmy Baikovicius

The Chilean Association of Colour and the AIC2016 Organizing Committee, are pleased to invite you to participate in the AIC2016 Interim Meeting, to be held in Santiago, Chile - October 18th - 21st, 2016.

The theme of the conference is ‘Color in Urban Life: Images, Objects and Spaces’. The aim of AIC2016 is to share experiences regarding the use of color in images, objects and space, from different perspectives and disciplines, thus contributing to a better user experience, improving usability, and also to improve life quality in our cities.

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 18th, 2016 To submit your extended abstract please visit: http://aic2016.org

We hope to see you next year in Santiago!


Color naming in Italian language (2015) by G. Paggetti, G. Menega and G. Paramei

Posted on 2015-12-07 - link

Blue wall at Burano by Riccardo Ce

Blue wall at Burano by Riccardo Ce

Abstract

The present study investigated Italian basic color terms (BCTs). It is an extension of our previous work that explored Italian basic color categories (BCCs) using a constrained color-naming method, with 11 Italian BCTs allowed, including blu for naming the BLUE area. Since a latter outcome indicated a categorization bias, here monolexemic color-naming method was employed, enabling also use of azzurro, deeply entrenched Italian term that designates light blue. In Experiment 1, colors (N = 367), sampling the Munsell Mercator projection, were presented on a CRT; color names and reaction times of vocalization onset were recorded. Naming consistency and consensus were estimated. Consistency was obtained for 12 CTs, including the two blue terms; consensus was found for 11 CTs, excluding rosso “red.” For each consensus category, color with the shortest response time was considered focal. In Experiment 2, consensus stimuli (N = 72) were presented; on each trial, observers indicated the focal color (“best example”) in an array of colors comprising a consensus category. For each of the 12 Italian CCs, centroid was calculated and focal color (two measures) estimated. Compared to English color terms, two outcomes are specific to Italian color naming: (i) naming of the RED-PURPLE area is highly refined, with consistent use of emergent non-BCTs; (ii) azzurro and blu both perform as BCTs dividing the BLUE area along the lightness dimension. The findings are considered in the framework of the weak relativity hypothesis. Historico-linguistic, environmental, and pragmatic communication factors are discussed that conceivably have driven the extension of the BCT inventory in Italian. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Col Res Appl, 2015

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The English Colour Language: A Colour Word Compendium

Posted on 2015-08-20 - link

We are delighted to announce the first resource on our new website: “The English Language, a Colour Word Compendium” by our long term member John B Hutchings. Available now for the first time to members of our study group.

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Feel free to contact us if you wish to share resources related to all colour languages of the world (colour dictionaries, compendiums, colour naming databases etc).


Meeting agenda: Study Group on The Language of Colour (SGLC)

Posted on 2015-05-15 - link

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 17:30 - 19:00
Room C, Ochanomizu sola city Conference Center, Tokyo, Japan

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Apologies
  3. Purpose of the Study Group
  4. New Online Presence
  5. Short Oral Presentations
    • Norifumi Kunimoto
      Changes of Color Names and Coloring Materials in Japan
    • Pichayada Katemake
      Comparison among Three Methods for Thai Colour Naming
    • Dimitris Mylonas
      Colour communication within and across languages
  6. Open Discussion
    The future of the Study Group on The Language of Colour
  7. Delegations
  8. Next Meeting
    AIC Color 2017, 13th Congress
    16-20 October 2017, in Jeju Island, Korea

Open Invitation

Posted on 2015-02-12 - link

We are in the process of redefining the scope of the study group you are invited to come up with new ideas to improve our existing purpose:

“The purpose of this study group (LC) is to discuss and share information on the studies about the fields such as linguistics, semiotics, cognitive science and other topics including color naming and categorisation, colored synaesthesia, semantic studies on color, colour grammar and syntax which are key to this study group.”
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We also welcome suggestions on activities that SGLC can engage with and support.

To join the conversation, you have to register as a member in the provided form. The dialogue will start in group emails and will be elaborated at the AIC 2015 meeting in Tokyo.


New Chairman and Co-Chairwoman

Posted on 2015-02-11 - link

Dimitris Mylonas, Chairman and Galina Paramei, Co-Chairwoman

Dimitris Mylonas, Chairman and Galina Paramei, Co-Chairwoman

Dimitris Mylonas has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Study Group Language of Colour of the International Colour Association. He replaces Prof Jinsook Lee who is stepping down to take over the responsibilities of Chair of the Organising Committee of the AIC 2017 Congress in Korea. Prof Galina Paramei has been named as the new Co-Chairwoman of the study group.

“It has been a pleasure being members of the group under her Chairmanship and we thank her and Prof Paul Green Armytage for their efforts and wish every success in their future undertakings.”

Dimitris Mylonas and Galina Paramei bring extensive research expertise in the cognitive aspects of colour and administration skills of public engagement events to Study Group Language of Colour. Read more

“We are delighted to be joining the Study Group Language of Colour. Our vision is to develop and maintain an international interdisciplinary network of researchers with an interest in the relationship between colour and language and to engage the public with the current progress in this area of research. We look forward in contributing to the advancement of the International Colour Association.”


Welcome to our new website

Posted on 2015-02-10 - link

Color Impact image by James zhan - www.flickr.com/photos/pirate_cat

Color Impact image by James zhan - www.flickr.com/photos/pirate_cat

We are delighted to introduce you to our new website that we feel better reflects our study group today.

We hope you will enjoy surfing on our pages and that the improved navigation will allow you to find the information you need more quickly and easily.

This is where we plan to share our thoughts and resources on the current developments of the colour and language related areas of research. You can register as a member using the provided form.

We will continue updating the website with useful information for our members and the general public and and adding new functionalities along the way.

Please contact us to let us know what you think of our new website - all comments and feedback are welcome.


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Members of the Language of Color study group can see each others full contact details. They also get priviledged access to publication and data sets.

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