The influence of professional color competence on color lexicon and naming pattern

Griber, Y.A. and Paramei, G.V. (2019) The influence of professional color competence on color lexicon and naming pattern. The European Proceedings of Social & Behavioural Sciences, 73. pp. 647-663. ISSN 2357-1330

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We explored sociolectic differences in color lexicon of Russian speakers. The study aim was twofold: (i)
to investigate the influence of growing competence in individuals professionally working with color
(henceforth: “color professionals”) on the pattern of color names and (ii) to compare color-naming patterns
in groups of participants with different levels of professional competence (beginner, intermediate, and
advanced). For intergroup comparison, we employed the following indices: (1) frequency of occurrence of
recurring color terms; (2) number of words in color descriptors; (3) occurrences of basic color terms
(BCTs), monolexemic nonBCTs, and polylexemic BCT-derivatives; and (4) the scope of objects used as
color-term referents. An unconstrained color-naming method was used in an online experiment, with total
600 standardized color stimuli presented across respondents. Final dataset contained 48,687 responses of
1,737 native Russian speakers (1,204 females, 526 males), with different levels of color expertise and aged
between 16 and 95 years. Results show that both color vocabulary and linguistic patterns of naming color
change considerably with respondents' increasing professional experience and expertise. Specifically, the
growing color competence is reflected in advanced specificity of naming colors; prevalence of complex
patterns of color descriptors that contain greater number of nonBCTs, along with BCTs; greater variety of
modifiers and emotionally-laden linguistic components, and professionally-specific object referents, such
as dyes, pigments and paint brand names.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 Unported License, permitting all non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Color education, color naming, Russian, professional competence, professional culture, sociolectic differences in color lexicon.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Matthew Adams
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2019 11:59
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2019 11:59

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