Friday, October 19, 2012

There's No Blue on Google Maps

The World Atlas of Language Structures is a large database of structural properties of languages.

The geographical differences in the different language structural properties covered on the website can be viewed on separate Google Maps. For example, the Number of Non-Derived Basic Colour Categories map shows how many categories for colors different languages have around the world.

If the color categories map grabs your interest you can read more about how different languages develop words for color in an interesting article on Empirical Zeal, The Crayola-fication of the World.

The article helps to explain why for some cultures there is no blue on Google Maps.

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