colors in Hawaiian

the animation is simple but really cute… watch how the little guy changes in the repeats…

Apparently in Hawaiian, there are distinct words for blue and green. In many cultures, that did not happen, at least until much later in their development.

Here’s a fun NPR show about color, and how we see it, or don’t…

http://www.radiolab.org/story/211213-sky-isnt-blue/

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 The Odyssey and The Iliad. And he found something startling: No blue! 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. And blue always comes last.

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