Gender Differences in Russian Colour Naming

Griber, Yulia A. and Paramei, Galina V. and Mylonas, Dimitris (2017) Gender Differences in Russian Colour Naming. In: 13th Congress of the International Colour Association: Being Color with Health, 16th-20th October 2017, Jeju, South Korea.

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In the present study we explored Russian colour naming in a web-based psycholinguistic experiment
( Colour singletons representing the Munsell Color Solid (N=600 in total) were presented on a computer monitor and named using an unconstrained colour-naming method. Respondents were
Russian speakers (N=713). For gender-split equal-size samples (NF=333, NM=333) we estimated and compared (i)
location of centroids of 12 Russian basic colour terms (BCTs); (ii) the number of words in colour descriptors; (iii) occurrences of BCTs most frequent non-BCTs. We found a close correspondence between females’ and males’
BCT centroids. Among individual BCTs, the highest inter-gender agreement was for seryj ‘grey’ and goluboj
‘light blue’, while the lowest was for sinij ‘dark blue’ and krasnyj ‘red’. Females revealed a significantly richer repertory of distinct colour descriptors, with great variety of monolexemic non-BCTs and “fancy” colour names; in comparison, males offered relatively more BCTs or their compounds. Along with these measures, we gauged
denotata of most frequent CTs, reflected by linguistic segmentation of colour space, by employing a synthetic
observer trained by gender-specific responses. This psycholinguistic representation revealed females’ more
refined linguistic segmentation, compared to males, with higher linguistic density predominantly along the redgreen axis of colour space.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Russian, colour naming, gender differences
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Matthew Adams
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 10:15
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2020 13:47

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