What is the color of honey, and "faces pale with fear"?
If you're Homer--one of the most influential poets in human history--that color is green.
And the sea is "wine-dark," just like oxen...though sheep are violet. Producer Tim Howard introduces us to linguist Guy Deutscher, and the story of William Gladstone (a British Prime Minister back in the 1800s, and a huge Homer-ophile).
Gladstone conducted an exhaustive study of every color reference in . Tim pays a visit to the New York Public Library, where a book of German philosophy from the late 19th Century helps reveal a pattern: across all cultures, words for colors appear in stages. Jules Davidoff, professor of neuropsychology at the University of London, helps us make sense of the way different people see different colors in the same place.
Then Guy Deutscher tells us how he experimented on his daughter Alma when she was just starting to learn the colors of the world around, and above, her.
Guy Deutscher, This hypothesis was actually addressed critically back in the late 19th century.
The Rig Veda uses the Sanskrit word for blue, but the "no blue" philologists decided to count that word as black.
When looking at the frequency of the color words in the Nibelungenlied (13th century) and Milton's Paradise Lost (17th century), the frequency generally matched the color descriptors in literature from antiquity. (https:// Humans have been able to see blue just fine since there have been humans. Some humans are colorblind (which has physical causes, not linguistic) and some humans are totally blind. Their are so many different levels of color blind from people who just see different shades of color to people who can only process color in black and white.
If this entire civilization was color blind it would be interesting to see what the percentage of color blind people are still present in that area compared to the rest of the world.
Also if all of these people were color blind as they say it would be interesting to find text to see how they describe certain features that are undeniably blue such as the sky and ocean to answer one of the most difficult questions in the world; Is your blue the same as my blue?
Don't you think we should have started by proving the constant? What would it take for sky to be more of a red color... Flip to the next, "What color is the picture on this one? Flip to the next one with a picture of a white fluffy cloud on it, but don't ask. It's not like she had never seen a cloud in the sky.
Even if it were just for a century or so over a particular area? I also think asking a toddler that has never discussed the sky what color it is must be like bringing in a stack of blue paper and asking someone, "What color is the picture on this one? Flip to the next one with a picture of a cloud don't ask. The desire to give her dad the answer is strong with kids and it was impossible to stop the idea of a cloud from coming in.