Monday, May 20, 2013

Smells like what?

The way we communicate about smell or odor perception differs from how we talk about colors [1]:
Smells, unlike colors, do not have names of their own: they are always identified by what they are smells of (vanilla, orange blossom, bakery, wet dog, burnt match, tar, rosemary, pine smoke, strawberry, garlic, etc.).
Denis Dutton, 2009.

Keywords: naming, linguistics, anthropology

References and more to explore
[1] Denis Dutton: The Art Instinct. Beauty, Pleasure & Human EvolutionBloomsbury Press, New York, 2009; pp. 211-212.

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