Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Olivier le Guen

Focal Colours

In this task we aim to find what the best exemplars or “focal colours” of each basic colour term is in our field languages. This is an important part of the evidence we need in order to understand the colour data collected using The Language of Vision I: Colour. This task consists of an experiment where participants pick out the best exemplar for the colour terms in their language. The goal is to establish language specific focal colours.


(i) Colour stimuli with focal colours; (ii) List of basic colour terms; (iii) establish the most frequent colour terms from the Colour naming task 2007.


This Field Manual entry can be downloaded from the MPG Publication Repository:

The stimulus materials are not yet available for distribution.

How to cite this resource?

Majid, A. (2008). Focal colours. In A. Majid (Ed.), Field Manual Volume 11 (pp. 8-10). Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. doi:10.17617/2.492958.