He reviews research and litterature on this subject, including " Russian blues reveal effects of language on color discrimination".
This BBC video is also embedded in the post.
I'm posting this here, because our Middle Primary Class is investigating poetry in a unit of inquiry titled "The Eye and Voice of the Poet". That means they're thinking about language, and choosing words, and enlarging their vocabulary. If they were to consider poems about colors, would it matter what language the poem had been written in originally? How would one translate a Russian poem about shades of blue into English, which might not have those words? Or a Japanese poem about willows into English without words for shades of green?
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"The English language makes a distinction between blue and green, but some languages do not. Of these, quite a number, mostly in Africa, do not distinguish blue from black either, while there are a handful of languages that do not distinguish blue from black but have a separate term for green. Also, some languages treat light (often greenish) blue and dark blue as separate colors, rather than different variations of blue, while English does not." (Read the rest of this interesting article.)
I'll leave you with Ludwig von Drake -
Read more about this song at Wikipedia.